GOES-R Is About To Change Weather Forecasting

The new GOES-R Satellite (Now called GOES-16) is in orbit and still being tested out. WBOC Chief Meteorologist was at the launch and has more about how this satellite is going to take weather forecasting into the 21st-century:
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GOES-R first light image. Click for much larger version.

The GOES-R (Now named GOES-16) satellite is working! NOAA released the first images and animations today. The satellite is still in the test stage and will be for months but we should start seeing non-operational data by May. The image above is a high-resolution full disc shot. Below are some short loops from the ABI sensor.

The colour images are made from a blue light channel and a red light channel combined with a near-IR channel that can be used to substitute for Green, but forecasters like me care about all of the channels which allow us to see water vapour and measure cloud/water temperatures. It will be a while yet before we see the first lightning data, but that combined with the new GOES-R data in near real-time will revolutionise severe weather and longer range synoptic forecasting. Below is a look at ALL of the channels from the ABI:

 Below is rapid scan images taken every 30 seconds of severe storms over Argentina.