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House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas released a statement praising the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for significantly reducing expenses in a key satellite observation program. The data, released on June 18, showed a decrease of $735 million for the program’s life-cycle costs.
The incredible 2005 Atlantic hurricane season smashed many long-standing records. Some of the words used to describe it included, “historical,” “unprecedented,” and “record-breaking.”
Hurricane forecast models got an upgrade this year, thanks to new satellite data. For the first time, GOES-16 (GOES-East) and GOES-17 (GOES-West) data are being fed into NOAA’s Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) computer model used to forecast the track and intensity of tropical cyclones.
GOES satellites are known for providing critical data to weather forecasters, but the information they collect can also help the renewable energy sector. The detailed data GOES-16 (GOES-East) and GOES-17 (GOES-West) provide about clouds is useful for forecasting solar energy production.
NOAA has extended its 40-year partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to perform vital satellite meteorological research through its Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). The extension, made possible through a cooperative agreement award of up to $150 million over five years, has the potential for renewal of another five years based on successful performance.
During a recent major flooding event, scientists unveiled a newly-developed algorithm derived from satellite data to understand the extent of  the damage.  Downtown Midland, Mich., is flooded May 20. (Photo: Kelly Jordan and Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)  
Forty years ago today, iconic Mount St. Helens erupted in southwestern Washington state in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. 
NOAA scientists and colleagues have created an image of the change in nighttime illumination over metropolitan New York City and surrounding regions since the COVID-19 slowdown.
Icebergs A-68A and the smaller A-68C, seen through the clouds by the NOAA-20 satellite on May 5, 2020.  As the NOAA-20 satellite passed over the Antarctic Peninsula on May 5, 2020, it captured this cloudy image of the world’s largest iceberg, known as A-68A, drifting near the South Orkney Islands on the edge of the Weddell Sea and South Atlantic Ocean. According to the U.S. National Ice Center, a large piece of A-68A broke off, (or “calved”), on April 22, 2020, and that piece has been named A-68C.