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Videos: GOES-17/GOES West Data and Imagery

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LATEST VIDEO: Lows near Alaska:

Lows near Alaska:

GOES-17 (GOES West) captured a hurricane-force low (the remnants of Super Typhoon Hagibis) over the Bering Sea and a storm-force low over the Gulf of Alaska in this air mass RGB (red-green-blue) imagery from October 15, 2019. This type of imagery combines data from water vapor and infrared bands on the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager and is used to monitor the evolution of cyclones and jet streaks and provides information on the middle and upper levels of the troposphere. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

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GOES-17/GOES West Operational Imagery

Rare thunderstorms on the very arid, leeward side of Hawaii's "Big Island":

GOES-17 (GOES West) captured rare thunderstorms on the very arid, leeward side of Hawaii’s “Big Island” on August 7, 2019. This day cloud phase distinction RGB (red-green-blue) imagery combines three of the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager channels to evaluate the phase of cooling cloud tops to monitor convective initiation, storm growth and decay. Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) imagery is overlaid. Rapid increases in total lightning (in-cloud and cloud-to-ground) activity often precede severe thunderstorms. Characterizing lightning activity in storms allows forecasters on intensifying storms before they produce damaging winds, hail or tornadoes. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Nighttime Imagery of Hurricane Erick with GLM Overlay:

GOES-17 (GOES West) captured this nighttime imagery of Hurricane Erick on July 31, 2019. Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) data is overlaid, showing lightning activity in the storm. Major hurricane Erick continued to slowly weaken on July 31. Moisture associated with Erick will spread over the Hawaiian Islands by the afternoon of August 1 and produce heavy rainfall. Rainfall is expected to be heaviest over the east and southeast slopes of the Big Island of Hawaii. Download Video Credit: NOAA

Hurricane Barbara Strengthens in the Eastern Pacific:

GOES-17 (GOES West) sees the eye of Hurricane Barbara as the storm continues strengthening in the Eastern Pacific Basin. Barbara is forecast to become a major hurricane soon, according to the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center. As of 5 a.m. ET on July 2 2019, Barbara was located about 1,055 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and was packing winds of 110 mph. Download Video Credit: NOAA

GOES West Captures Raikoke Eruption:

For the first time since 1924, a major eruption of the Raikoke volcano occurred on June 21, 2019. Raikoke is an uninhabited volcanic island near the center of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwest Pacific Ocean. GOES-17 (GOES West) captured imagery of the eruption, which is on the limb of the satellite’s coverage. This multi-day red-green-blue (RGB) imagery loop from June 21-24 shows sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the eruption. The Advanced Baseline Imager on GOES-17 has new infrared channels that are sensitive to SO2, which weren’t available from previous GOES. RGB imagery combines multiple ABI channels to make features like SO2 readily apparent. SO2 is a noxious gas often released by volcanic eruptions and is toxic in high concentrations. It also has considerable environmental effects, including volcanic smog and acid rain, and is harmful to vegetation downwind of the eruption. Download Video Credit: NOAA

Tuamotu Archipelago :

How many islands in the Tuamotu Archipelago can you spot in this GOES17 (GOES West) GeoColor imagery from June 5-6, 2019? The Tuamotu are a chain of almost 80 islands and atolls (ring-shaped coral reefs, islands, or series of islets, surrounding a lagoon) in French Polynesia, forming the largest chain of atolls in the world. Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, the archipelago (group of islands) covers an area roughly the size of Western Europe. All of the islands of the Tuamotus are coral "low islands” (high sand bars built upon coral reefs). Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Fog and Low Clouds in the Marine Layer along the Coast of California:

In this GOES-17 (GOES West) GeoColor view from June 3-4, 2019, fog and low clouds in the marine layer dissipate along the California coast due to daytime heating. There are also a few swirls (low-level circulations) interacting with the islands near the coastline. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Actinoform clouds in the central Pacific Ocean:

GOES-17 (GOES-West) visible imagery revealed the mesoscale cyclonic circulations of actinoform clouds within the marine boundary layer stratocumulus cloud field over the central Pacific Ocean on May 30, 2019. Actinoform clouds are a collection of marine low clouds with a radial structure. In satellite imagery, they look like distinct leaf-like or spokes-on-a-wheel patterns that stand out from the rest of the low-lying cloud field. This type of cloud feature was originally identified in TIROS-V imagery over the Pacific Ocean in 1962 and was featured in the first Monthly Weather Review “Picture of the Month” series in January 1963. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIMSS

30-second Imagery of Storms over Oregon, Idaho and Nevada:

GOES-17 (GOES West) captured 30-second visible imagery of thunderstorms developing over southeastern Oregon, southwestern Idaho and northern Nevada on May 29, 2019. Some of the thunderstorms produced heavy rainfall and small hail in southwestern Idaho, and a cold air funnel was spotted in northern Nevada. The new Advanced Baseline Imager instrument allows forecasters to track a storm in near-real time and utilize high-definition views to discern meteorological features like never before. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIMSS

Fog off the coast of Southern California:

Fog and low stratus circulation is seen off the coast of Southern California in this GOES-17 (GOES West) day cloud phase distinction RGB (red-green-blue) imagery from May 13, 2019. This type of imagery is generally used to evaluate the phase of cooling cloud tops to monitor convective initiation, storm growth, and decay but it also allows for easy detection and tracking of fog during the day. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Convection in the Intertropical Convergence Zone:

GOES-17 (GOES West) captured a variety of deep convection in the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the Eastern Pacific in this Day cloud phase distinction red-green-blue (RGB) imagery from May 8-9, 2019. Day cloud phase distinction RGB imagery is used to evaluate the phase of cooling cloud tops to monitor convective initiation, storm growth, and decay. It provides contrast for distinguishing between ice and water clouds and background surfaces. The ITCZ is a region where the northeasterly and southeasterly trade winds converge, forming an often continuous band of clouds or thunderstorms near the equator. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Clouds over Hawaii:

Daytime heating creates clouds over all but the highest mountain peaks in Hawaii in this stunning GOES-17 (GOES West) GeoColor imagery captured May 7-8, 2019. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Fog Spills into the Central Valley of California:

Fog spills over from the San Francisco Bay area into the central valley of California in this one-minute GeoColor imagery from GOES-17 (GOES West) on May 6, 2019. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Eddy Circulations Off Coast of Southern California:

GOES West (GOES-17) spotted eddy circulations (circular currents of water) among the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California in this visible imagery from April 24, 2019. Download Video Credit: NOAA

GOES West Spots Easter Island:

Can you see it? GOES-17 (GOES West) spotted Easter Island in this day land cloud RGB (red-green-blue) imagery from April 19, 2019. Easter Island is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania.Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and is home to the famous moai statues. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

GOES-17 Monitors Ice and Convection at High Latitudes:

Convection over the Yukon Territory and ice on the Arctic Ocean are seen in this GOES West (GOES-17) visible imagery from April 16-17, 2019. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Blowing Dust in Southern Nevada:

GOES West split window infrared, split cloud top phase infrared, and visible imagery showed a plume of blowing dust on April 9, 2019. The source of the dust was a dry lake bed along the California-Nevada border, which developed in advance of an approaching cold front and moved northeastward across far southern Nevada. Wind gusts of 50-65 mph were reported across the region. Reduced visibility was observed at several airports. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIMSS

North Coast of Alaska:

GOES-17 is providing unprecedented views of Alaska. In this visible imagery from April 3, 2019, we clearly see the north coast of Alaska and multiple meteorological and topographical features. Sea ice movement, the Brooks Range, high clouds, and the frozen Arctic Ocean with a few thin clouds are seen. Barrow is the northernmost city in in the U.S. The previous generation of GOES did not have sufficient resolution at the limb of coverage to provide clear detail of northern Alaska. Download Video Credit: NOAA

GOES West spots Denali through the clouds:

Denali, the highest peak in North America, stands above the clouds surrounding the Alaska Range in this GOES West day land cloud RGB (red-green-blue) imagery from March 29, 2019. GOES-17, now in operation as GOES West, is giving forecasters unprecedented views of Alaska. Day land cloud RGB imagery is created by combining two visible and one near-infrared band from the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager. This RGB imagery is useful for identifying low/high clouds and is also used to assess vegetation and detect land surface changes. High ice clouds, snow, and sea ice appear cyan, while low water clouds appear dull gray or white. Vegetation appears green while soil and rock appear brown to dark gray. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Extratropical Cyclone Moves Toward the U.S. West Coast:

GOES West monitors an extratropical cyclone moving toward the U.S. West Coast on March 4, 2019, in this infrared water vapor imagery. Information from the satellite’s band 10, or lower-level water vapor channel, is used to track lower-tropospheric winds, identify jet streaks, monitor severe weather potential, estimate lower-level moisture, and identify regions of potential turbulence. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Heavy Rainfall in American Samoa:

On February 27, 2019, GOES West provided one-minute imagery of American Samoa to monitor heavy rainfall in the region brought by Tropical Cyclone Pola. This GeoColor imagery includes a lightning data overlay from the satellite’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument. This was the first one-minute imagery of American Samoa provided by GOES-17 (GOES West). Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Hurricane-force Low Affects Aleutian Islands:

GOES West captured this RGB (red-green-blue) air mass imagery of a hurricane-force low affecting the Aleutian Islands on February 25, 2019. This type of imagery, which combines data from water vapor and infrared bands on the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager, is used to monitor the evolution of cyclones and jet streaks and provides information on the middle and upper levels of the troposphere. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Ship Tracks in the North Pacific:

GOES-17 (GOES West) captured well-defined ship tracks in the North Pacific Ocean on February 21, 2019, in this GeoColor Imagery. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Atmospheric River Brings Thundersnow to California and Nevada:

Convective clouds in this GOES-17 satellite loop show parts of California and Nevada getting heavy rain and mountain snow on February 14, 2019. Some areas in the Sierra Nevada have even reported thundersnow. Thunder and lightning can occur during a snowstorm if there is strong instability in the atmosphere combined with abundant moisture. GOES-17 satellite began operating as NOAA’s GOES West satellite on February 12, 2019, and is helping forecasters better predict major storms that affect the West Coast. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

GOES-17 Sees Atmospheric River Heading toward California:

GOES-17, now operational as GOES West, monitored an atmospheric river bringing heavy rain and snow to California in this RGB (red-green-blue) air mass imagery from February 13, 2019. The RBG air mass product is used to monitor the evolution of cyclones and jet streaks and provides information on the middle and upper levels of the troposphere. It uses water vapor and infrared imagery from the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). Like "rivers in the sky," atmospheric rivers are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – about 250 to 375 miles wide – and can carry huge amounts of water vapor over thousands of miles, from the tropics to the mid-latitudes. Atmospheric rivers can cause serious flooding and mudslides in places like California, but they’re also a critical water supply for much of the U.S. West Coast. On average, between 30 and 50 percent of annual precipitation in the west coast states occurs during just a few of these events. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

GOES-17 Pre-Operational Data and Imagery

A note to the weather community about using GOES-17 data:

This section contains imagery prior to GOES-17 being declared operational. Users assume all risk related to their use of pre-operational GOES-17 data and NOAA disclaims any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

GOES-17 Detects Fire in New Zealand:

Even out near the edge of its coverage area, GOES-17 clearly detects the hot spot and smoke from the Pigeon Valley Fire near Nelson, New Zealand, in this imagery from February 6-7, 2019. The smoke is visible in the GeoColor imagery on the left and the hot spot in the fire temperature imagery on the right. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Mid-latitude Cyclone over Alaska:

GOES-17 captured a complex mid-latitude cyclone on January 25, 2019. In this RGB (red-green-blue) air mass imagery, the cyclone shears apart over Alaska. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Cloud Evolution over Hawaii:

GOES-17 sees spectacular detail in the cloud evolution around Hawaii on January 15, 2019 in this GeoColor imagery. Download Video Credit: NOAA

Rope Cloud in Eastern Pacific:

GOES-17 captured a massive rope cloud over the eastern Pacific Ocean on January 16, 2019. A rope cloud is a very narrow, long, sometimes meandering, cumulus cloud formation that is frequently visible in satellite imagery that is associated with a cold front or a land–sea breeze front. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

West Coast Storm RGB Imagery with Lightning :

This imagery from GOES-17 on January 16, 2019, shows another storm poised to hit the U.S. West Coast This red-green-blue (RGB) air mass imagery with Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) overlay shows the storm already producing lightning. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Strong Alaskan Storm:

GOES-17 captured the strong winter storm that battered southeast Alaska with a combination of gusty winds, rain and snow on December 19, 2018. This loop shows one-minute natural color day land cloud RGB (red-green-blue) imagery. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

GOES-16 and GOES-17 Water Vapor Mollweide Projection:

Full(er) disk imagery from GOES East (GOES-16) and GOES-17 (soon to be GOES West)! This animation shows the Western Hemisphere in a Mollweide map projection, combining GOES-16 and GOES-17 water vapor imagery from December 10-17, 2018. Download Video Credit: CIMSS

Active Week for Mid-Latitude Cyclones:

GOES-17 captured this mid-latitude cyclone on November 29, 2018, which brought heavy rain and snow to California. This imagery utilizes the RGB (red-green-blue) Airmass product, which is used to monitor the evolution of cyclones and jet streaks and provides information on the middle and upper levels of the troposphere. It uses water vapor and infrared imagery from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

First Imagery of New Zealand from GOES-17:

There's a reason they call New Zealand the Land of the Long White Cloud. Check out this beautiful view of clouds streaming over the North and South Island, seen from GOES-17 on November 22, 2018. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Denali Casts Long Shadows over the Interior of Alaska:

GOES-17 captured this view of Denali's shadow sweeping over the interior of Alaska on November 16, 2018. Towering 20,310 feet above sea level, Denali is the highest peak in North America. The mountain casts a very long shadow when the sun is low in the sky this time of year. This visible satellite imagery is from Band 2 on the GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager. GOES-17 has significantly improved satellite coverage of Alaska with new spectral channels, increased resolution, and faster scanning ability than the previous generation of GOES. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIMSS

16 Channels of GOES-17 Imagery from 137.2 Degrees West:

GOES-17 arrived at its final operational position of 137.2 degrees west longitude on November 13, 2018. This full disk imagery from November 15 shows views from each of the satellite's 16 Advanced Baseline Imager channels. The satellite will go into operations as NOAA's GOES West on December 10, 2018. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIMSS

GOES-17 Shares First Imagery of Hawaii:

GOES-17 is sharing is first images from its new vantage point over the Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian Islands are seen in stunning detail in this GeoColor imagery from November 13, 2018. In this animation, high-level clouds are moving over low clouds and convective clouds form on the windward side of the mountain slopes of the islands. GOES-17 will undergo additional testing in its new location before entering into operational service as NOAA’s GOES West satellite on December 10, 2018. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

GOES-17 Captures Woolsey Fire in Southern California:

This GOES-17 GeoColor imagery shows an area of clouds streaming over a thick plume of brown smoke from the Woolsey Fire in southern California, on November 13, 2018. This imagery was captured from GOES-17’s new vantage point of 137.2 degrees west longitude. GOES-17 undergo additional testing in its new location before entering into operational service as NOAA’s GOES West satellite on December 10, 2018. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIRA

17 Views of Earth from GOES-17:

17 views of Earth from GOES-17, one from each of the 16 channels of the satellite's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and a view in "natural color," an approximation of how we see Earth from space. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA/CIMSS

Hail-Producing Thunderstorm in South Dakota:

A comparison of visible imagery from three GOES satellites, left to right, GOES-15 (GOES West) scanning every 30 minutes, GOES-17 (preliminary/non-operational) every 5 minutes and GOES-16 (GOES East) generating 1-minute imagery. This comparison loop clearly shows how ABI advancements help monitor severe weather. The imagery shows a severe thunderstorm that developed ahead of an advancing cold front in central South Dakota late in the day on August 26, 2018. This storm produced hail as large as 4 inches in diameter and also exhibited an above anvil cirrus plume (AACP) which is a signature often associated with severe thunderstorms. Download Video Credit: NOAA/CIMSS

GOES-17 Infrared Imagery of Storms in the Western U.S.:

This color-enhanced imagery from one of the GOES-17’s longwave infrared bands shows convective activity in the western U.S. on July 29, 2018. Band 14 is used to characterize atmospheric processes associated with thunderstorms and convective complexes. The cold clouds in this animation (colored red and black) are associated with a storm system that included reports of tornadoes, hail and strong wind. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-17 Imagery from all 16 of the Advanced Baseline Imager's Channels:

This 16-panel imagery shows an animated snapshot of the continental U.S. and surrounding oceans from each of the Advanced Baseline Imager’s channels on July 29, 2018. This includes, from top left to bottom right, two visible channels, four near-infrared channels, and ten infrared channels. Each channel has a specific purpose in discerning meteorological and environmental features. A number of features can be seen in this imagery, including clouds over the mid-Mississippi region and off both coasts, the warm land temperatures over the Western U.S., and atmospheric moisture. This imagery was captured during a “cool” season, when all 16 channels are available 24 hours per day. During “warm” seasons, it’s estimated that there will some data outages for 9 of the channels to varying degrees during the night. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-17 Sees Ferguson Fire:

GOES-17 shares its first wildfire imagery showing the deadly Ferguson Fire burning near Yosemite National Park. The Fire has burned over 12,000 acres and is only 5% contained as of July 17, 2018. This loop is from 2:46 pm to 7:06 pm PDT on July 16, 2017. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA/CIRA

Stereoscopic Views of Convection Using GOES-16 and GOES-17:

Can you see this animation in 3D? Test your depth perception with this stereoscopic view of storms over the Tennessee River Valley on July 11, 2018. GOES East (GOES-16) is on the left, GOES17 on the right. The GOES-17 satellite (launched March 1, 2018), is currently in a test position, viewing Earth from 22,000 miles above the equator at 89.5 degrees west longitude. Meanwhile, GOES East is positioned at 75.2 degrees west longitude. The relative proximity of these two satellites means that we can create stereoscopic, or three-dimensional, imagery by placing views from each satellite next to one another. To view the animation in three dimensions, cross your eyes so that three separate images are present, then focus on the image in the middle. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA/CIMSS

NOAA GOES-17 Shares First ABI Full Disk Imagery:

GOES-17 captured sunset over Earth’s Western Hemisphere on May 20, 2018, using the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. This view from over 22,000 miles out in space is presented in GeoColor, which captures features of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere in vivid detail and colors intuitive to human vision. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA

NOAA GOES-17 Shares View of Stratocumulus Clouds:

GOES-17 monitors clouds in our atmosphere with amazing detail and clarity. These dynamic marine stratocumulus cloud patterns off the western coast of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean are revealed by the Advanced Baseline Imager on May 20, 2018. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-17 Captures Clouds over California:

The GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager captured a deck of low level stratus clouds covering the southern California coast on May 20, 2018. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA

GOES-17 Satellite Observes Smoke from Wildfires:

The Advanced Baseline Imager on GOES-17 detects smoke plumes as shown in this imagery of wildfires in central and northern Saskatchewan, Canada, observed on May 20, 2018. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA

First Lightning Imagery from GOES-17:

NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite has transmitted its first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) data. This GLM data in this animation shows storms quickly intensifying and forming into an impressive line across the U.S. Plains on May 9, 2018. These storms quickly grew into an impressive line of storms that persisted into the evening and overnight hours, producing large hail, high winds, and a few tornadoes. Experience from the initial GOES East GLM is helping scientists and engineers tune this new instrument, which eventually will extend GLM coverage over most of the Pacific Ocean. Data from GLM helps inform forecasters when a storm is forming, intensifying and becoming more dangerous. Download Video Credit: NOAA/NASA