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An artist's rendering of the Metop satellite in polar orbit.
A new European weather satellite launching in November 2018 will provide the next generation of data we depend on to predict Earth’s weather and climate.
NOAA's DSCOVR satellite orbits one million miles from Earth.
Every day we rely on advanced technology – whether it's in the form of our cell phones, a GPS app or just having the lights turn on at the flip of a switch. But all of these conveniences are vulnerable to a serious threat from space: our Sun. 
NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite is getting ready to move to its new vantage point at 137.2 degrees west longitude, allowing us to see the weather at high resolution in the western U.S., Alaska and Hawaii, and much of the Pacific Ocean.
Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS
Over the course of a month, we’ve seen tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin heat up quite a bit – most notably with the landfall of Hurricane Florence, which dumped historic amounts of rain on portions of the Carolinas. Although the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, on average, early September marks the peak. From 1975 to 2017, there have been an average of 3.1 Atlantic hurricanes per year in September. However, the September of 1998 still holds the record with six hurricanes. 
Photo of Rocket taking off
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have appointed a board to investigate an instrument anomaly aboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 17 weather satellite currently in orbit.
Depiction of How Radio Occultation Works
NESDIS has awarded contracts to three satellite companies as part of the Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) Round Two.
The track and intensity of Hurricane Irma
This story, originally published on August 30, 2018, has been updated. On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida. One of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, Irma left behind a trail of destruction from the Caribbean to the Florida Keys. But thanks to improvements in weather prediction models and data from NOAA satellites, Irma's 5-day track forecasts were remarkably successful, giving communities adequate time to prepare for the storm's impacts.
Picture of the earth
This week, NOAA will begin releasing GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) “beta” level data and imagery—data which are still preliminary and not yet fully ready for use--to forecasters and scientific partners. This is an important step in making sure that GOES-17 is ready to do its job of providing timely, accurate data for weather forecasting and environmental monitoring.
Weather Map
As California chokes on thick wildfire smoke, emergency responders look to a combination of powerful new NOAA satellite sensors and advanced NOAA weather models to provide accurate forecasts of smoke movement. Wildfire smoke can spread thousands of miles from its source, affecting visibility and weather. Smoke from a wildfire is made up of microscopic particles that can penetrate deep into a person’s lung and eyes, and exposure can lead to a range of health problems, from burning eyes to aggravated chronic heart and lung diseases and even death.