We’ve come a long way since the world’s first weather satellite was launched on April 1, 1960.
— NatGeo Education (@NatGeoEducation) April 1, 2017
On April 1, 1960, the United States launched the world’s first weather satellite into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite was known as TIROS I (short for Television and Infrared Observation Satellite) and provided the first regular data on global weather.
It took pictures of cloud cover and sent them to receiving stations on Earth. TIROS I allowed weather forecasters and scientists to see how storms were forming and moving across the globe.
TIROS I, and weather satellites that came after it, revolutionized weather forecasting and climatology by permitting long-term forecasts. It is only by studying weather patterns over a long period of time that we can identify and measure climate change.
As the global climate continues to change, weather satellites will play a growing role in predicting and preparing for new weather patterns.
NASA is about to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next weather satellite on March 1. GOES-S will provide coverage across the Pacific ocean and western Unites States.
Our high definition view of #Earth is about to GOes West! We are just 1 MONTH away from #GOESEast getting a sister satellite to image the west – #GOESS #GOES17 equipped with the amazing technology that brings us this view. Check out our announcement here: https://t.co/6fbpByvd7f pic.twitter.com/qtPjctmyGM
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) February 1, 2018
In tandem with GOES-16, the first satellite in NOAA’s new geostationary series and now in the GOES-East position, the two satellites will observe most of the Western Hemisphere, from the west coast of Africa to New Zealand.
This includes the northeastern Pacific, the birthplace of many weather systems that affect the continental U.S., and where there is comparatively little data. When it’s operational later this year, GOES-S will take up the GOES-West position.
And like GOES-16, GOES-S will scan the Earth five times faster at four times the image resolution, with triple the number of channels than previous GOES for more accurate, reliable forecasts and severe weather outlooks.
Iowa snow from space
Check out the snow in Iowa from space.
Looking to escape the snow? You won't have to go too far south of Iowa.. pic.twitter.com/9XmUL6ZfWF
— NWS Des Moines (@NWSDesMoines) February 11, 2018