DISCUSSION: Over the past couple of days, a potent low pressure system developed along the East Coast of the United States. As this system went on to deliver a plethora of rainfall to many states across the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, there were also some very neat perspectives gained which were courtesy of the incoming data stream from GOES-16 (or more commonly being referred to as GOES-R). Attached above is a neat animation of the three primary water vapor channels which are available aboard the GOES-16 satellite platform. Notice how within the three respective water vapor channels, you have the ability to visualize different aspects of the atmosphere (e.g., with respect to air stream flow as well as the variable chemical composition of the atmosphere). Thus, there is no debate whatsoever that the onset of the GOES-16 era is going to quickly bring about a rapid increase in the amount of data and the tremendous insights which will be gained from all of this state-of-the-art data.
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz