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March 13, 2018

NOAA's GOES East satellite (GOES-16) captured the Nor'easter storm over the East Coast this morning (13:15 UTC). The National Weather Service reports heavy snow and strong winds impacting New England. The U.S. East Coast provides an ideal breeding ground for Nor’easters.

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Combined GOES East visible and infrared imagery over the continental United States

Visible and Infrared Imagery

This imagery combines the latest half-hourly GOES infrared and visible images with NASA's "Blue Marble" data set to create real-time animations of the weather systems over the continental United States during the past 72 hours.

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GOES East colorized infrared imagery over the continental United States

Colorized Infrared

Infrared images can be "colorized" or "color-enhanced" to bring out details in cloud patterns. Depending on the type of enhancement, the colors are used to signify certain aspects of the data.

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GOES East colorized water vapor imagery over the continental United States

Water Vapor

Water vapor imagery, which is useful for both determining locations of moisture and atmospheric circulations, is created using a wavelength sensitive to the content of water vapor in the atmosphere.

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VIIRS True Color

Although true color images like this may appear to be photographs of Earth, they aren't. They are created by combining the color channels of the Suomi NPP satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument. These channels, which are sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light, are combined into one composite image. Several other channels are often also included to cancel out atmospheric interference that can cause a blurry picture. RGB composites are used for many applications, such as differentiating snow/ice from cloud, ash/smoke from cloud, or even the boundaries between warm and cold air masses.


For more imagery, including global and regional views from the GOES East satellite's 16 different imaging channels, please visit the GOES East Image Viewer from NOAA's Center for Satellite Applications and Research.

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