Best weather satellite ever built rockets into space

Posted: November 21, 2016 by oldbrew in Forecasting, innovation, weather

Lift-off [image credit: NASA]

Lift-off [image credit: NASA]

Forecasters will get pictures “like they’ve never seen before” reports ‘More data, more often, much more detailed’ is promised.

The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives.

This new GOES-R spacecraft will track U.S. weather as never before: hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, even solar flares. Indeed, about 50 TV meteorologists from around the country converged on the launch site—including NBC’s Al Roker—along with 8,000 space program workers and guests.

“What’s so exciting is that we’re going to be getting more data, more often, much more detailed, higher resolution,” Roker said. In the case of tornadoes, “if we can give people another 10, 15, 20 minutes, we’re talking about lives being saved.”

Think superhero speed and accuracy for forecasting. Super high-definition TV, versus black-and-white. “Really a quantum leap above any satellite NOAA has ever flown,” said Stephen Volz, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s director of satellites.

NASA declared success 3 1/2 hours after liftoff, following separation from the upper stage.

The first in a series of four high-tech satellites, GOES-R hitched a ride on an unmanned Atlas V rocket, delayed an hour by rocket and other problems. NOAA teamed up with NASA for the mission.

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  1. fearocean says:

    More Data for More weather control … Indeed !!

  2. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    “What’s so exciting is that we’re going to be getting more data, more often, much more detailed, higher resolution”

  3. oldbrew says:

    ‘This next-generation GOES program—$11 billion in all—includes four satellites, an extensive land system of satellite dishes and other equipment, and new methods for crunching the massive, nonstop stream of expected data.’

    Read more at:

    Temperature data might be interesting 😎

  4. oldbrew says:

    What the ‘old’ satellites are saying – ‘the pause’ is back…

    Satellite data indicates a large fall in the temperature of the lower Troposphere back to pre-El Nino levels. This decrease has reinstated the so-called “pause” in lower atmosphere temperature.

    The decrease is seen in the land only data. Data from the sea shows a decline but not as much. This is expected given the ocean’s thermal lag. Data from the RSS group that provides satellite temperature services show that late-2016 temperatures have returned to the level it was at post-1998

  5. oldbrew says:

    Date: 21/11/16 GWPF Climate Briefing

    Until the noise of a century of media hype and unscientific speculation about the Arctic has been removed from the public debate, science will be unable to explain what, if anything, the signal from the Arctic is telling us.

  6. Jerry says:

    This seems like great political sense as NOAA is (finally) involved. NASA has usurped the NOAA responsibilities for weather, due to very aggressive administrators with a climate axe to grind. This seems simple to understand: just look at the expansion of the acronyms. National Aeronautics and Space Administration versus National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Surely, weather and climate fit better under the umbrella of the latter rather than the former.

    [reply] indeed

  7. tom0mason says:

    The rocket may be the best but it can never replace the lack of records for the amount of Arctic ice over the centuries.
    Ice records that could prove Hansen’s assumption that Arctic sea ice is a good proxy for indicating global temperature trends.
    Since when did local temperature effects, both atmospheric and oceanic, on ice volumes become an indicator of global temperatures? Where are the studies and research attempting to prove this so?

  8. gallopingcamel says:

    Living close to Cape Canaveral one tends to ignore rocket launches but this one took place one hour after sunset. My family loves night launches so we sat on the patio sipping our adult beverages even though it was a little chilly (15 Centigrade) until the rocket disappeared into the cloudless eastern sky.

  9. oldbrew says:

    tom0mason says: ‘Ice records that could prove Hansen’s assumption that Arctic sea ice is a good proxy for indicating global temperature trends.’

    Only when the most recent trend is downwards, any other time the book of excuses has to be hauled out.

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