GOES-16 data has a significantly higher resolution than its predecessors.
It's more than just gee-whiz neat — it can increase the lead-time on lifesaving severe weather warnings.
NOAA says the satellite will go operational in November, approximately one year after its launch.
It joins a large constellation of international satellites that observe our planet's weather and environment.
This is why we can't have nice things.
NOAA's next-generation weather satellite will monitor storms with higher resolution than any other U.S. satellite of its kind.
Thanks to the new satellite mission, scientists can now collect and study continuous precipitation patterns extending over nearly the entire globe.
For the sake of our fellow citizens in Boulder, it's time to treat the decline of our satellite weather capabilities as a threat to our national security.