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.
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.
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.
Satellite Imagery Collections
The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service brings you the latest images from NOAA’s fleet of geostationary and polar-orbiting weather satellites. Get the latest imagery from significant weather and environmental events, see unique locations on Earth and learn more about the science of how our planet works!
NOAA’s satellites image weather in real-time every day, capturing storms, floods, fires, lightning and other significant events that affect our world. This gallery features our most iconic images from the weather events that most significantly impacted our lives.
NOAA’s fleet of satellites take in an amazing view of our planet every day. This gallery showcases our most beautiful imagery - from unique landscapes to colorful data visualizations.
NOAA's satellites provide highly detailed information that helps us learn about how Earth works. Satellite data in these 'Data Maps' capture variables like light absorption, energy radiation, and surface temperatures which can be used to measure the state of our planet.
Over 150 data variables from satellites, weather models, climate models, and analyses are available to map, interact with, and download using NOAA View's Global Data Explorer.
Want to map or access the track info for any hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone since 1842? Try the Historical Hurricane Tracks mapping application.