Despite the fact that PNM was not “on-the-air,” we did have a show tonight. PNM reporter Dennis Shaffer had Tim Schmit as our guest. Tim has been a Satellite Research Meteorologist at UW-Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center and now works at the Center for Satellite Applications and Research at NOAA, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He gave us a glimpse into the recently launched GOES-R geostationary weather satellite. He was instrumental in developing the Advanced Baseline Imager on GOES-R, which provides as many as 16 bands of resolution. And he also gave us a brief history of geostationary weather satellites, in which UW-Madison had a part in designing the very first one, ATS-1.
For more information, Space.com has a nice article about GOES-R and its launch last November.
You can go to goes-r.gov for complete information on GOES-R (now GOES-16) and the other satellites in the series.
For nice weather satellite images, go here.
For up-to-date weather satellite data, go to the CIMSS Satellite Blog.