MULTIMEDIA: GOES-16 Data and Imagery

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Dust Plume over Desert Southwest

This animation from GOES-16 shows a large plume of dust from the desert southwest being dragged eastward, across northwestern Texas and east Oklahoma, by a front moving over the high plains in the early morning hours of March 24, 2017. The dust appears as magenta or pink. The other colors denote the following: the dark blues are thin cirrus clouds, and the pale blue (on the right side of the image) indicates the surface (land and water) of the Earth. The bright colors shown here are the result of a "dust enhancement" -- an experimental data product created by scientists at the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). Based on infrared channel data, this RGB (red-green-blue) enhancement was created to help analysts monitor the evolution of dust storms. According to EUMETSAT, monitoring of dust in the atmosphere 24 hours a day can be a challenge because the appearance of dust in satellite imagery changes drastically from day to night. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Geocolor of Smoke Plumes over Southeastern U.S.

GOES-16 captured smoke plumes rising above the landscape of the southeastern United States on March 19, 2017. This geocolor imagery was provided by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). The experimental geocolor product displays geostationary satellite data in different ways depending on whether it is day or night. In daytime imagery, land and water features appear as they do in true-color imagery. Smoke appears a slightly different color than clouds, so it's easy to identify. In nighttime imagery, liquid water clouds appear pinkish-red, ice clouds are grayish-white, water looks black, and land appears gray. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Water Vapor Imagery of March 2017 Nor’easter:

This animation of the early morning hours of March 14, 2017, shows the development of the nor'easter that brought snow and high winds to a large portion of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. States of emergency have been issued in Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In this imagery, the blue areas indicate moisture-rich clouds, while the orange and red areas show drier, warmer areas of the atmosphere. This imagery showcases Band 10 -- the low-level water vapor band -- of GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager, one of three water vapor bands available on the instrument. Band 10 allows meteorologists to better track areas and finer water vapor features in the lower-to-mid-levels of the troposphere, elevated cold fronts, low-level boundaries of air masses, and more. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

One-Minute Imagery of Sunrise over Winter Storm:

One-minute visible imagery of the winter storm that dumped freezing rain and snow over a large portion of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on March 14, 2017. This imagery was created with the Advanced Baseline Imager's Band 2, or red-visible band, which capitalizes on the imager's enhanced resolution to offer meteorologists a closer, more detailed look at the structure of the clouds and the near-storm environment. Note the formation of the low-level circulation just off the coast of Delaware, the shadows cast by the high clouds onto the lower clouds, and the wave features atop the cloud bands moving from the southwest to the northeast. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Geocolor of Sunrise over Florida:

The sun rises over Florida in this GOES-16 geocolor animation from March 8, 2017. In addition to the smoke from the 7,500-acre brush fires near Naples, this imagery captures the formation of cumulus clouds over the sunshine state -- a result of the land heating up faster than the ocean as the sun's rays deliver warmth to the area. Developed by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) in partnership with the Naval Research Laboratory, the experimental geocolor enhancement displays geostationary satellite data in different ways depending on whether it is day or night. In the nighttime imagery, shown at the beginning of this animation, liquid water clouds appear pinkish-red, ice clouds are grayish-white, water looks black, and land appears gray. The city lights at the beginning are a static background created with VIIRS Day/Night Band imagery. In the daytime portion of this animation, the land and shallow-water features (the turquoise areas in the ocean) appear as they do in true-color imagery. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 One-Minute Imagery of Severe Storms over Nebraska:

On March 6, 2017, a potent weather system moved into the central plains and generated a plethora of dynamic weather, including high winds, large hail, and tornadoes, in addition to fanning a number of large grass fires. This 500-m resolution visible loop from GOES-16 shows the formation of the storms in eastern Nebraska just after 1 p.m. CST. The one-minute update frequency allows forecasters to track individual cumulus cloud formation and to see the up-down pulsing nature of the storms' overshooting tops. The first large hail report occurred just after 2 p.m. in eastern Nebraska and the first tornado at 5:30 pm near Harcourt, Iowa. Storms continued into the overnight hours in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and produced at least 36 tornadoes and many high wind and large hail reports. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

First Images from Geostationary Lightning Mapper:

Lightning observed by the GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) illuminates the storms developing over southeast Texas on the morning of February 14, 2017, in this animation of GLM lightning events overlaid on Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) cloud imagery. Frequent lightning is occurring with the convective cells embedded in this severe weather system. The green cross indicates the location of Houston, and green dotted lines indicate the Texas coastline. This animation, rendered at 25 frames per second, simulates what your eye might see from above the clouds. GLM perceives the scene at 500 frames per second, and can distinguish the location, intensity and horizontal propagation of individual strokes within each lightning flash. Monitoring the flash rate from convective cells and their extent can help forecasters improve tornado and severe weather forecasts and warnings and their impending threat to the public. At the time of this animation, the storm cell in the center of the frame was reported by the NWS to have produced one of a number of tornadoes and damaging winds spawned by the storm complex. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

First Solar Imagery from GOES-16:

This animation from January 29, 2017, shows a large coronal hole in the sun’s southern hemisphere from the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) on board NOAA's new GOES-16 satellite. The animation captures the sun in the 304 Å wavelength, which observes plasma in the sun's atmosphere up to a temperature of about 50,000 degrees. When combined with the five other wavelengths from SUVI, observations such as these give solar physicists and space weather forecasters a complete picture of the conditions on the sun that drive space weather. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Composite Color of Dust Clouds over Texas:

Dust clouds sweep across north-central Texas in this 1-km GOES-16 composite color animation from 2030 to 2310 UTC on February 23, 2017.

As this animation suggests, the ability of GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) to provide such high-resolution imagery in color will be a boon to meteorologists as it will make it easier for them to identify different atmospheric or meteorological phenomena, such as dust from other types of clouds. As shown here, the brown-colored dust is easy to differentiate from smaller, white clouds mixed in with it.

Composite color images from GOES-16 are created by combining data from three of ABI's 16-bands -- band 1 (blue visible), band 2 (red visible) and band 3 (near-infrared vegetation) -- to produce a range of colors within visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum (think the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBIV). Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 vs. GOES-13 Shortwave Infrared of Grass Fires in Florida:

This comparison of GOES-16 ABI and GOES-13 imager shortwave infrared (3.9 µm) data shows a number of grass fires burning near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida on February 20, 2017. In the left panel, GOES-16 imagery at 30-second intervals is shown, while the right panel displays GOES-13 imagery at routine 15-30 minute intervals. The warmest shortwave infrared brightness temperatures are enhanced with yellow to red colors (with red being the hottest). Note the many advantages of the 30-second GOES-16 imagery: (1) new fire starts are detected sooner in time; (2) the fire behavior (intensification vs dissipation) can be better monitored; (3) the intensity of the fires is more accurately depicted with the 2-km resolution GOES-16 data vs the 8-km resolution GOES-13 data; (4) numerous brief fires are not detected at all in the 15-30 minute interval GOES-13 imagery (especially south and southeast of Lake Okeechobee, during the 2100-2115 UTC time period). Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Rapid Scan Imagery of Severe Storms in Argentina:

This 30-second rapid-scan animation from GOES-16 demonstrates the very high spatial and temporal resolution from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). The rapid scan sector was set over north-central Argentina, which includes the city of Córdoba, where it captured some expected severe storms during an active late-summer weather pattern on January 21, 2017. This region is known to have some of the most extreme storms in the world. The animation was created with the ABI band 2, its primary visible channel. Many interesting and important features of the near storm environment and convective clouds themselves are readily apparent. Differential motion between the developing thunderstorms and the low level clouds indicates the presence of converging low-level air leading to the rapid development of these storms. Apparent rotation in the boiling cloud tops suggests intense updrafts or vertical motion in these storms. Severe hail was reported with at least one of the storms in the center of the domain around 2130 UTC. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Band 5 Imagery of Thunderstorms over the Texas Gulf Coast:

This animation of GOES-16 rapid-scan near-infrared imagery shows the movement of thunderstorms over the Texas Gulf Coast on February 14, 2017. This animation showcases the features the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) can see with band 5 (snow/ice band) – a new spectral band unavailable on previous GOES imagers. Note the clarity of the clouds, both liquid (brighter) and ice (darker), as well as the waves and shadows that can be seen in this loop. In addition, rapid-scan imagery like that seen in this animation will help forecasters monitor storms associated with severe weather as the spacecraft can capture one image of a storm every 30 seconds. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Sees Bombogenesis of Northeast Winter Storm:

This water vapor imagery from GOES-16 shows the intensification of the winter storm that brought heavy snow to Maine and other areas of the Northeast yesterday, February 13, 2017. According to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center, as the winter storm in the Northeast moved off the coast and over the northwestern Atlantic, its surface pressure dropped from 996 hectopascals (hPA) at 11:00 am yesterday to 972 hPA at 10:30 pm, a drop of 24 hPA in 18.5 hours. (Note: A hectopascal (hPA) is a unit of pressure equal to a millibar). The the rapid development of a cyclonic circulation wherein the surface pressure falls by at least 24 millibars in a 24-hour period is often referred to as a bombogenesis. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Water Vapor Imagery of Developing Winter Storm:

This water vapor imagery from February 9, 2017, shows the early stages of a developing winter storm along the East Coast as seen by both GOES-16 (left) and GOES-13 (right). The current GOES imager only has one mid-level water vapor band, while the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-16 has three. This allows ABI to capture water vapor features and atmospheric motion within more layers of the atmosphere. Also, the finer resolution of the ABI (approximately 2 km) as compared to the imager aboard GOES-13 (approximately 4 km) shows the fine detail of small-scale mountain waves that aren’t visible in the GOES-13 imagery. Similarly, during the later portion of the animation, a post-cold-frontal trough can be seen offshore moving southward in the imagery from GOES-16, but not in the GOES-13 imagery. The faster processing afforded by ABI is also evident, allowing for quicker detection of fast-developing convection and other phenomena. Download Original | Annotated Image Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Water Vapor Imagery of Nor'easter:

A strong coastal winter storm brought heavy snow and strong winds to portions of the northern Middle Atlantic through northern New England on February 9, 2017. The development and path of this intense storm can be seen in this water vapor imagery from GOES-16. Of particular interest in this animation is the improved spatial resolution compared to current GOES. The satellite's Advanced Baseline Imager offers 16 spectral bands, three of which are water vapor bands -- this imagery was created with band 10. These additional water vapor bands enable meteorologists to see further down into the mid-troposphere in clear sky regions compared to the current GOES water vapor band. It also allows them better characterize the total amount of moisture in the atmosphere that can turn into rain and snow. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 and GOES-13 Comparison of Punch Cloud Over North Carolina:

“Punch” or “hole streak” clouds are formed when part of a liquid water cloud glaciates, most likely due to interactions with an airplane. These clouds can be seen in this animation showing the sky over northern North Carolina on February 1, 2017. The visible imagery on the top half is from Advanced Baseline Imager instrument aboard the recently launched GOES-16, while the visible imagery on the bottom is from the imager aboard GOES-13 (aka: GOES East). Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Louisiana Tornadoes in all 16 Spectral Bands from GOES-16:

This animation of the severe storm system that produced tornadoes in southeastern Louisiana on February 7, 2017, shows the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager’s 2 visible, 4 near-infrared and 10 infrared spectral bands in time sequence. Monitoring the weather in different wavelengths allows meteorologists to better analyze different layers of the atmosphere, distinguish between cloud types and other phenomena and generally see the Earth's atmosphere and surface in greater, more vivid detail. For example, ABI band 5 (also known as the Snow/ice near infrared band), which is new to GOES satellites, will help meteorologists distinguish glaciated or ice clouds from other cloud types. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Sees Tornadic Storms in Louisiana on February 7, 2017:

This visible animation from GOES-16 shows the tornadic storms that swept through Louisiana on February 7, 2017. As this imagery illustrates, the high-resolution offered by GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager will allow forecasters to see meteorological phenomena in vivid detail. For example, in this loop, note how the top of the tornadic storm can be seen passing along the southern coast of Lake Pontchartrain. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Animation of Severe Weather Moving into Northeast:

This animation from GOES-16 shows the movement of severe weather from central United States into the Northeast, where it resulted in wet and wintry weather for travelers across the region. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

Animation of GOES-16's Full Disk Channels:

The animation of full disk images shows the continental United States in the two visible, four near-infrared and 10 infrared channels on ABI. These channels help forecasters distinguish between differences in the atmosphere like clouds, water vapor, smoke, ice and volcanic ash. GOES-16 has three-times more spectral channels than earlier generations of GOES satellites. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Animation of Weather over Florida:

Clouds swirls in the sky over Florida and the ocean surrounding it in this mesmerizing animation from NOAA's next-generation geostationary satellite GOES-16. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Spies Fire Burning in Mexico:

This area of Mexico and Central America is seen from GOES-16 with a largely cloud-free view. A fire and its associated smoke are evident over southern Mexico near the coast. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-16 Full Disk Animation:

This composite color full-disk visible animation is from 1:07 p.m. EDT on January 15, 2017 and was created using several of the 16 spectral channels available on the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. Seen here are North and South America and the surrounding oceans. Download Original Credit: NOAA/NASA

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