GOES 16 Proved Vital Asset This Hurricane Season

GOES 16 captured this image of three Atlantic hurricanes simultaneously: Katia (L), Irma (M), and Jose (R). Photo: NOAA.

GOES 16 captured this image of three Atlantic hurricanes simultaneously: Katia (L), Irma (M), and Jose (R). Photo: NOAA.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has produced some of the most intense weather events seen in generations. Amidst the destruction, NOAA’s new GOES 16 weather satellite has proved to be a vital addition to weather forecasting infrastructure, as demonstrated when Puerto Rico lost its land-based weather forecasting radar ahead of Hurricane Maria. GOES 16, part of NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system, will become fully operational in November.

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