Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Future of Weather Forecasting

NOAA's GOES-R satellite will provide continuous weather monitoring.  It will add and renew the capabilities of the other operational GOES satellites. The GOES-R satellite will add new crucial features to weather forecasting technology that will increase tornado warning time and detect lightning like never before. It will be the primary tool for the detection and tracking of hurricanes and severe weather and provide new and improved applications and products for fulfilling NOAA’s goals of Water and Weather, Climate, Commerce, and Ecosystem.

This video highlighting the most important capabilities of the spacecraft. NOAA manages the GOES-R Program with an integrated NOAA-NASA program office organization, staffed with personnel from NOAA and NASA, and supported by industry contractors.

NASA Goddard 

Sea Ice Max 2013 

 After a record melt season, an Arctic cyclone and a fascinating fracturing event, Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year. 


IRIS Readies For a New Challenge

 NASA is getting ready to launch a new mission, a mission to observe a largely unexplored region of the solar atmosphere that powers its dynamic million-degree outer atmosphere and drives the solar wind. In late June 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. 

IRIS will advance our understanding of the interface region, a region in the lower atmosphere of the sun where most of the sun's ultraviolet emissions are generated. Such emissions impact the near-Earth space environment and Earth's climate. 


Tracking a Superstorm 

 Hurricane Sandy's near-surface winds are visible in this NASA GEOS-5 global atmosphere model computer simulation that runs from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31, 2012. The model works by dividing Earth's atmosphere into a virtual grid of stacked boxes. A supercomputer then solves mathematical equations inside each box to create a weather forecast predicting Sandy's structure, path and other traits. The NASA model not only produced an accurate track of Sandy but also captured fine-scale details of the storm's changing intensity and winds. 


Tim Samaras was The Future

 This 2012 NASA video was done in connection with the GOES-R program. It features renowned researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras. Samaras, his son Paul, and his chase partner Carl Young passed away in Oklahoma on Friday, May 31, 2013, after they were overtaken by a multiple-vortex tornado. This video serves as a tribute to Samaras and his work.

NASA's Goddard Fleet


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