Satellite data goes hi-def

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Comparing Satellite Images between the Goes-13 satellite and the Goes-16 satellite. (Source: NASA) Comparing Satellite Images between the Goes-13 satellite and the Goes-16 satellite. (Source: NASA)
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The weather community is abuzz, rightly so, about the new Goes-16 satellite coming online this summer.

It will be available shortly on both 3TV and CBS 5. The scientists who designed Goes-16 are putting it through the final testing before letting the public in on it. But we’ve been seeing images for months now and they’re pretty incredible.

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The first photo from NASA we’ve included shows Goes-16 compared to our current satellite. Yes, there are “true” color images now. That’s a huge advantage right off the bat. We don’t have to have our computers “paint” the landscape, it’s real.

Other cool things: The resolution will be four times greater than previous weather satellites and more than five times faster. We’ll get a satellite view of the U.S. every five minutes and, in storm situations, the satellite can be zeroed in on a line of storms and return data every 30 seconds. That’s fantastic considering it takes about five minutes to do an entire Doppler Radar scan.

Take a look at what Goes-16 did on June 28 when tornadoes were breaking out in Iowa.

And just last March, these storms exploded in Nebraska.

Oh, and guess what? Goes-16 does lightning.

We can’t wait for this tool is declared operational and we point Goes-16 at some monsoon storms in Arizona.

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