GOES-West Infrared Satellite Images

GOES-10 is the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (10th in the series) operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Office of Satellite Operations (OSO).

GOES-10 is orbiting the Earth at 22,000 miles up (in geostationary orbit), hanging over the Pacific Ocean at 135 degrees west longitude (for reference, San Francisco is at approximately 122 degrees west longitude, and Honolulu is at 157 degrees west longitude).

GOES-10 has a variety of instruments on board, though I'm mostly interested in the infrared imager because it returns results without regard to the presence of daylight (though they don't use the imager when the sun is peeking right into the lens from just behind the earth). The object of this exercise is to see how the clouds are moving (and thereby infer the path and speed of the Jet Stream), in addition to seeing where they are now.

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Most Recent GOES-West Infrared Satellite Image

[GIF (135192 bytes) of latest GOES-West IR still photo]

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This page is automatically generated by a C shell script on a Sun Fire V240 running NetBSD/sparc64 with data fetched from http://sat.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/4km/WR/IR4.GIF and which is combined into a series of animated GIFs by "gifmerge."

Erik E. Fair <fair@clock.org>
May 22, 2008