This post was written by Schnack on February 21, 2017
The new GOES-R has become GOES-16. The first images from the new satellite have been released by NOAA/NASA today. Here is a side-by-side comparison of 16 vs 13. Here is the press release.
If you want to see a very detailed look at the above photo click here.
This post was written by Schnack on January 23, 2017
Actually, in space. GOES-16 was launched in November and just sent back the first images. And they are stunning!
GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. GOES-16 is the first of four new satellites from NASA that will replace the aging satellites currently in orbit. The new satellites can multitask… taking full disc images, like the one above, every 15 minutes, and a full U.S. image every 5 minutes, along with pinpointing regional areas that may be experiencing drought, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions…. It won’t actually be operational until later this year, but it is already impressing a lot of scientists!
To read more about the satellite, click here.
To see more of the fantastic first images, click here.
This post was written by Eileen Loan on January 23, 2017
In the past 7-10 days I have been asked about a major winter storm in the middle of next week. The problem with that is when all of this started it was about 10-14 days before the “storm”. Here is another way a looking at long-range snow forecasts. Any details you read about or share are most likely going to be wrong. My best advise is not to share that kind of information 10-14 days out.
This post was written by Schnack on December 2, 2016
Meteorologist are always looking for was to improve weather forecasting. An instrument called, Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer, or AERI might help. The data it gathers might improve forecast models. Click here to read more information.
Click here to see how fogbows form.
This post was written by Schnack on November 23, 2016
Saturday, November 19th marked a big day in the meteorological and space world. A rocket carrying a new weather satellite, called “GOES-R” (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:42 PM (CST).
This new satellite will be stationed 22,300 miles above Earth’s surface, and help provide improvements in detection and observation of weather here on Earth. The new satellite will provide advanced imaging across the Western Hemisphere, improved lightning data, as well as monitoring space weather.
Once in operation, the satellite will be called GOES-16.
The new instruments within the satellite will give us more data and imagery faster than ever before (approximately every 30 seconds). Read more about the GOES-R satellite here.
This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 19, 2016
As of November 14, only 0.2% of US has snow. In the last 14 years it is the lowest percentage on this day.
From NOAA: The map on the left shows average snow cover from 1981 to 2010 for the second week of November. (Data: NCEI) The image on the right shows the current amount of snow cover as of November 14, 2016. (Data: National Ice Center)
Here is a look at above normal average temperatures for a good part of North America today. Take a look at the colder than normal conditions on the other side of the globe. There is some cold air, but just not nearby.
This post was written by Schnack on November 15, 2016
Two different earthquakes struck this morning – one in New Zealand and one in Argentina. The New Zealand quake was the strongest of the two, measuring in as a magnitude 7.8. This initial earthquake resulted in a tsunami. Read more by clicking here.
A few hours later, another quake was felt across the planet. A magnitude 6.2 struck South America.
A new weather satellite is set to launch November 19th at 4:52 PM CST. A rocket carrying the latest weather satellite from NOAA, GOES-R will fly 22,000 miles above Earth, giving meteorologist a view of what’s going on below. Read more about the satellite by clicking this link.
You’ve likely heard about the November “Supermoon.” Well, it is finally here!
We do have some clouds around tonight, but they are high clouds so we won’t be completely overcast. It will also be visible Monady night, however we do have clouds in the forecast then as well. Click here for more information. Below are some viewer pictures.
As mentioned, there are some high clouds in our sky Sunday night, which developed late Sunday afternoon. They made for a fantastic sunset earlier. Here are several photos from KWWL viewers on Facebook and Twitter:
This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 13, 2016
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This post was written by Schnack on November 1, 2016