DISCUSSION: Earlier on the evening of Thursday (03/01/2017), Cape Canaveral, Florida was the center of focus across the global scientific and non-scientific communities alike. This was a direct result of the fact that Thursday evening marked the launch of NOAA's second next-generation advanced weather satellite imager in GOES-S. The successful launch of the GOES-S satellite marked the continuance of the second of 5 to 6 next-generation satellite imagers which will end up forever changing and revolutionizing the way in which atmospheric scientists visualize and study the atmosphere. It is an incredibly exciting moment in global weather history since when GOES-S becomes fully operational later this year, it will officially pair up with its current operational sister satellite in the form of GOES-16 (formerly GOES-R at the time of its launch back in late November of 2016).
The pairing of having both GOES-16 and GOES-17 at work together will help to further bridge the gaps pertaining to understanding and forecasting the evolution of atmospheric phenomena which impact North America. More importantly, GOES-16 and GOES-17 will further assist atmospheric scientists to better anticipate how atmospheric features and events evolve prior to even reaching parts of Western North America which is a critical aspect of anticipating major events including (but certainly not limited to) Winter-time extra-tropical cyclones (e.g., Nor'easters).
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