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Carr Fire
With raging wildfires torching the Western landscape, and six billion dollar weather-related disasters already experienced in the U.S. this year, the demand for NOAA's Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) weather related data is at an all-time high. To help expand the availability and use of this data, NESDIS is looking to partner with private firms to find better, faster ways to process, exploit and distribute NOAA's satellite weather data. 
Ocean Colors
The chemistry of our oceans is changing. NOAA satellites are gathering data that shows the coastline of the Atlantic is absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than ever before in human history, mirroring the increase of the gas in our atmosphere. The result is something we can’t always see with our eyes, or even notice from the coast.
16-panel image shows a snapshot of the continental U.S.
While experts continue addressing an issue with the cooling system of GOES-17’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), they have made progress in increasing the available observing time of the affected infrared channels. Due to adjustments in operating procedures, the ABI is demonstrating improved performance from initial observations.
A photo of the GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI)​ Instrument
Top officials from NOAA's Satellite and Information Service and National Weather Service today spoke with media about the status of the GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), the satellite's primary instrument. 
JPSS-1 Liftoff Photo
So, you thought ride sharing was just a new trend on Earth – it’s also about to take off – literally – in space.
This week, top officials from NOAA shared new updates on efforts to resolve the technical issues impacting the performance of the GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), predicting all of the ABI spectral channels will be available for the majority of the day. 
A large meteor seen in Southern Australia, April 24, 2011
What do lightning strikes and meteoroids zipping through space have in common? It turns out they both can be tracked from a weather satellite. Scientists have discovered that the Geostationary Lightning Mapper on NOAA’s GOES-16 and GOES-17 satellites sees more than just lightning flashes in our skies.
This GOES East GLM imagery shows a high concentration of lightning flashes over the Northern Plains on June 11, 2018. (Image Credit: NOAA Virtual Lab)
Lightning strikes, giant sparks of electricity in Earth’s atmosphere that are hotter than the surface of the sun, are a major hazard during thunderstorms. Knowing when and where lightning is occurring can tell us a lot about a storm - including its location, whether it’s intensifying, and if the storm is capable of producing severe weather. 
NOAA and Environment Canada (EC) recently signed an agreement which provides for mutual assistance and sharing of satellite imagery in case of a large oil spill in U.S. or Canadian waters. Under the agreement, NOAA would draw on EC's experience in responding to oil spills in ice-infested waters and using specialized radar satellites, while EC would benefit from NOAA's expertise in monitoring oil thickness and using other imagery tools.  Also, the agencies will exchange new techniques to get more and better information to first responders.