DISCUSSION: March 1st 2018, the GOES-S satellite was launch by an Atlas V rocket as part of a new set of geostationary satellites aimed at gaining a larger presence of high-resolution coverage in the Western Hemisphere. Recently renamed GOES-17 (due to its now final orbit, 22,300 miles in space) joins GOES-16, launched in 2016, as the GOES West operational satellite until 2036 designed for improved meteorological applications.
GOES-17 will provide assistance to atmospheric scientists in a variety of applications:
The benefit of high-resolution coverage over the Northeastern Pacific Ocean proves to be one of the largest of concern for the Western Hemisphere, in particular the United States. GOES-16 is currently providing adequate coverage as the GOES-East position, however used in conjunction with GOES-17 as GOES-West, coverage will view “the west coast of Africa to New Zealand,” of importance is Hawaii, Alaska and the Northeast Pacific.
By adding this satellite to the GOES family, forecasts are expected to improve by adding the ability to identify wildfires, fog formation and dissipation (specific to aviation operations), Pacific hurricane events, information on synoptic systems such as the Pineapple Express, tracking sea ice extent, and other large scale atmospheric events that brings widespread precipitation to the western. U.S, that currently have lower resolution scales.
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© 2018 Meteorologist Jessica Olsen
“GOES-R Series.” GOES-R Series | NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), www.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES-R-Series-Satellites.