New GOES 15: Amazing Igor images

NOAA is showing off some amazing images from the new GOES 15 weather satellite.

Check out the loop of Hurricane Igor. The loop begins with images every 30 minutes and then shows images every minute a few seconds in. Notice the incredible detail in Igor’s eye. Talk about showing off a new weather toy!

GOES-15, has successfully completed five months of on-orbit testing and has been accepted into service. It is the third and final spacecraft in the GOES N-P Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites.

Wednesday super soaker:

Wednesday looks like a good day to test that new rain coat or umbrella. A strong low pressure system will slide east into Minnesota from the Dakotas Wednesday. Look for rain to begin in northwest Minnesota Wednesday morning, then spread east across the rest of the state by midday and afternoon. The heaviest, steadiest rains will fall from after lunchtime into early Wednesday evening before the rain tapers off Wednesday night from west to east.

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Rainfall totals could be significant. The models are cranking out between .50″ and 1.50″+ depending on where you live, and the exact track of the system. Some isolated 2″ amounts appear possible in a band north of the I-94 corridor from Alexandria to the north metro.

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The sun will return on Thursday for a nice September day.


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