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Geostationary Satellite Server (goes.noaa.gov)

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Satellite weather imaging service provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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This is one of my primary sources for weather info.

  • Dec 16, 2008
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I admit that I'm a total nerd when it comes to anything related to planet earth. And to satisfy my needs, I probably click on the GOES website at least thrice daily, and probably ten times that if there's a storm approaching.

Along with weather.com and wunderground.com, the GOES website is one of my primary information websites for weather. The page loads quickly and shows live snapshots of satellite conditions from around the US, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the West, and the East. Each region has three images available: infrared (good for night time viewing), visible (shows live conditions in daylight) and water vapor. In addition, the East, West, and Puerto Rico images offer video loops that show prior conditions over the course of a few hours. My favorite is the infrared imagery, because it shows cloud conditions day or not night. I don't really use any of the other features, except the loops, which show a video of conditions during the last several hours.

It's not easy to read satellite images unless you know basic information about highs, lows, fronts, and cloud types. However, there are many websites out there that teach those skills in 2 minutes. Once you know just enough, GOES's satellite images will help you predict your own weather better than any of your local newsmen, that's for sure.

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