Tuesday, September 05, 2017

GOES Satellite Imagery of Hurricane Irma | NOAA



Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system (GOES) Category 5 Hurricane Irma as seen by GOES-16 (left) and GOES-13 (right), captured on the morning of September 5, 2017. The animation on the left clearly shows the improved resolution and faster refresh rate of the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) over the current GOES imager. The rapid scanning rate of the ABI allows forecasters to monitor hurricanes in near-real time, improving track forecasts. The higher spatial resolution available from ABI provides greater accuracy of feature attributes, allowing for better characterization of small hurricane eyes, which also helps with intensity estimation and tracking. The GOES-16 ABI also has additional channels, allowing forecasters to view storms in more wavelengths, and helping in estimation of central pressure and maximum sustained winds to assess hurricane intensity. Get the latest info on Irma at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ 

Credit: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) 
Duration: 6 seconds 
Capture date: September 5, 2017 

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