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Irma Offers Test Run For NWS GOES-16 Satellite, Ground Systems

John D. Moore, modified 4 Years ago.
Padawan Posts: 27 Join Date: 12/15/11 Recent Posts
The Orlando (FL) Sentinel (9/8) reported that the National Weather Service’s (NWS) new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-16), still in testing and not expected to go live until November, has been put to use in tracking Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and relaying the information back to ground systems built by Harris Corporation. Experts said that data collected by GOES-16 has improved meteorologists’ predictions, and that the satellite itself has lived up to expectations. NWS Weather Prediction Center meteorologist Andrew Orrison said, “GOES-16 is giving us a keen sense of the intensity of the hurricane,” and that the satellite is helping the NWS get information to the public quickly and accurately. Whereas previous satellites had frequent delays of several minutes, GOES-16 can send updated data every 30 seconds. “We are dealing with high-impact weather,” Orrison said. “It’s a major asset and it’s making a difference.”