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NOAA GOES-17 Shares First Images of Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific

November 15, 2018


The GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has sent its first images from the satellite's new vantage point over the Pacific Ocean.

The Hawaiian Islands, seen from GOES-17 at 6:30 a.m. EST, on Nov. 13, 2018.
The Hawaiian Islands, seen from GOES-17 at 6:30 a.m. EST, on Nov. 13, 2018.

NOAA's GOES-17 satellite has reached an exciting new milestone: On November 13, 2018, the satellite began transmitting its first high-definition images of Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Ocean. The new imagery became available shortly after GOES-17 finished moving to its new orbital position at 137.2 degrees west longitude, where it will become NOAA's operational GOES West satellite on December 10, 2018.

With GOES-17's coverage area now centered over the Pacific Ocean, we now have high-resolution geostationary satellite coverage of Alaska, Hawaii and much of the Pacific Ocean for the very first time.

Launched March 1, 2018 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, GOES-17 is the second in a series of NOAA's next-generation geostationary weather satellites. Like GOES-16, its sister satellite operating as GOES East, GOES-17 is designed to provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth from 22,300 miles above the equator.

The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on-board GOES-17 is identical to the instrument on GOES-16. The GOES-17 ABI will offer the same high-resolution visible and infrared imagery in GeoColor and 16 different channels, allowing us to track and monitor cloud formation, atmospheric motion, convection, land surface temperatures, fire and smoke, volcanic ash, sea ice, and more.

GOES-17 will significantly enhance our ability to forecast the weather in the western United States, especially in Alaska and Hawaii. With its expanded satellite coverage at high latitudes, GOES-17 will provide a significantly clearer view of the state of Alaska, where it will improve our ability to track environmental conditions, such as sea ice, volcanic ash, snow cover and wildfires. GOES-17 will also provide more and better data over the northeastern Pacific Ocean, where many weather systems that affect the continental U.S. begin.

Now that GOES-17 is broadcasting data from its permanent home at 137.2 degrees West, look out for some spectacular new satellite imagery from the Last Frontier and the Aloha State. Here are the first stunning new images GOES-17 shared with us this week:

NOAA GOES-17 Shares First View of Hawaii

GOES-17's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) captured this GeoColor view of high-level clouds moving over low clouds above the Hawaiian Islands on Nov. 13, 2018. Convective clouds can be seen forming on the windward side of the mountain slopes of the islands.




GOES-17 Captures Woolsey Fire in Southern California

This GOES-17 GeoColor imagery shows an area of clouds streaming over a thick plume of brown smoke from the Woolsey Fire in southern California, on Nov. 13, 2018.



GOES-17 Shares First Full-disk Imagery From GOES-West Position

This GeoColor view of Earth, seen from more than 22,000 miles out in space, was captured by the GOES-17 ABI at 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 13, 2018.


Full Disk GOES West imagery from Nov. 13, 2018


GOES-17 Captures Infrared Imagery of Alaska Storm

This infrared imagery, from GOES-17's ABI Channel 13, shows a broad area of low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska on Nov. 13, 2018.



GOES-17 Sees Southern Alaska

GOES-17 saw the snow-covered peaks of southern Alaska, in this Nov. 14, 2018 image, seen at 4 p.m. ET, from the satellite’s “red visible” channel (ABI Band 2).

GOES West shows snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska on Nov. 14, 2018.


GOES-17 Shares First Multi-channel Imagery

This 16-panel image shows a snapshot of northeastern Pacific Ocean and western U.S. on Nov. 13, 2018, seen from the 16 channels on GOES-17's Advanced Baseline Imager. Clouds and atmospheric moisture can be seen stretching from the central Pacific toward the U.S. West Coast.

Tiled view of different channels from GOES West.
Credit: NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)

Please note: All GOES-17 data is considered preliminary and non-operational until February 12, 2019.