Warm, dry conditions have fueled several fires across the western United States over the past week. On June 13, 2018, the GOES East satellite captured this geocolor image of wildfire smoke mixed in with storm clouds developing over Colorado and the central Rocky Mountains. The largest of the blazes is the 416 Fire in southwestern Colorado, about 13 miles north of Durango. As of June 13, the fire had grown to nearly 26,000 acres and was only about 15 percent contained.
The GOES East satellite captured this image of the sun rising over Hurricane Bud in the eastern Pacific Ocean on June 12, 2018. Positioned roughly 200 miles off the western coast of Mexico, Bud is the second named storm of the 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season, and the second storm within four days to reach Category 4 strength - following the rapid intensification of Hurricane Aletta late last week.
GOES East captured this image of the powerful spring storm system that will deliver a wide mix of weather impacts across the southern, central and eastern United States through the upcoming weekend. The storm, currently centered over the Central Plains, is bringing cold air, heavy snow and strong winds to the northern Plains, while severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hail are possible in parts of the lower Mississippi Valley and the Midwest.
A multi-day heavy precipitation event is underway in California. This image was captured by GOES East March 21, 2018 at 1700 UTC. Widespread amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible in southern/central California over a 3-day period, with coastal ranges and foothills in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties potentially seeing 5 to 10 inches. Rainfall rates near 0.75 inches per hour, with amounts of 1.00 inches per hour with embedded thunderstorms, are possible.
NOAA's GOES East satellite (GOES-16) captured the Nor'easter storm over the East Coast this morning (13:15 UTC). The National Weather Service reports heavy snow and strong winds impacting New England. The U.S. East Coast provides an ideal breeding ground for Nor’easters. During winter, the polar jet stream transports cold Arctic air southward across the plains of Canada and the United States, then eastward toward the Atlantic Ocean where warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic tries to move northward.
NOAA's GOES East satellite captured this dramatic image of last week's powerful nor'easter that brought gale-force winds, rain and snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on March 2, 2018. The strong late-winter storm caused significant coastal flooding in New England and lashed many areas with dangerously high winds. NOAA's Weather Prediction Center reported widespread hurricane-force winds (of at least 74 mph) in six states.
Since its launch, NOAA’s GOES East (GOES-16) satellite has demonstrated its critical capability for keeping our nation Weather Ready. Throughout the active 2017 hurricane season, GOES-16 delivered imagery with detail and clarity never achieved before - with four times greater resolution than previous NOAA satellites - and delivered this imagery faster than ever before - helping forecasters predict the path and intensification of deadly storms.