last updated 23 November 2011
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- Hurricane Kenneth (1.3 MB JPG) at 0000 UTC on 22 November 2011.
A late-season hurricane decorates the ITCZ in the eastern Pacific.
- Another fine ITCZ (1.5 MB JPG) at 1800 UTC on 5 October 2011.
An unusually continuous Inter-Tropical convergence Zone occurs in mid-eastern Pacific, bracketed by big early autumn and spring storms in the North and South Pacific, respectively.
- Hurricane Hillary (1.1 MB JPG) at 1600 UTC on 26 September 2011.
While this persistent storm presented no threat to land, it provided days of high surf to the coast of southern California.
- Hurricane Greg (1.0 MB JPG) 18 August 2011 at 1800 UTC.
Former hurricane Fernanda is dissipating southeast of Hawaii, hurricane Greg is up to speed south of Baja, and an unnamed but powerful thunderstorm is in the Gulf of California on this fine late summer day.
- Hurricane Eugene (0.5 MB JPG) 4 August 2011 at 0100 UTC.
The storm nicely punctuates the western end of the ITCZ in the Pacific.
- Hurricane Adrian (0.2 MB JPG) at 1500 UTC on 09 June 2011.
Sunglint to the east of the first Pacific hurricane of the 2011 season reveals the sea to be remarkably calm upwind of the storm.
- Smoke and haze over the prairie (1.1 MB JPG) at 1315 UTC on 07 June 2011.
Dawn over the western USA reveals a vast dark haze from Mexico to the Dakotas, as well as smoke plumes arising from large, persistent wild fires in mid-eastern Arizona.
- Death spiral storm (24 MB MOV) 03-05 June 2011.
A storm forms west of San Francisco and executes a beautiful "death spiral" for a summer's day.
- California FogBowl (0.3 MB JPG) at 1845 UTC on 17 January 2011.
Winter fog fills the entire San Fernando Valley and San Francisco valleys and bay.
- White Sands Underlined (1.1 MB JPG) viewed by GOES-11 at 0115 UTC on 11 January 2011 (that's a lot of "1"s).
A high cloud streak appars to underline the White Sands desert in New Mexico.
- Pineapple Express (0.8 MB JPG) at 1800 UTC on 19 December 2010.
Occasionally in the winter, a large jet stream forms across the mid-Pacific, carrying a continuous flow of moisture from the vicinity of Hawaii to California, bringing heavy rain and snow to the Sierra-Nevada for several days.
This flow has been dubbed "The Pineapple Express".
- Pacific ITCZ (1.2 MB JPG) at 0000 GMT on 24 November 2010.
The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is a belt of persistent deep convection between the tropics. In the east Pacific, the ITCZ does not straddle the Equator, but boils about 10 degrees to the north. Normally, it it is broken into strands, but this image presents a nearly continuous band as far west as GOES-11 can see. The picture also captures an unusually severe early-winter blizzard in the Pacific Northwest, ruining some folk's Thanksgiving holiday.
- Ship tracks in the Pacific (1.7 MB JPG) 6 June 2010 at 1745 UTC.
Diesel exhaust from ships plying the marine stratus region southwest of California can be very effective at triggering cloud tracks.
- Stormy California (6.4 MB MP4) 11-21 January 2010.
A series of mid-winter storms wash over California, flooding Los Angeles and knocking out the weather radar there with high winds.
- Hurricane Rick color movie (12 MB MOV) 18-21 October 2009.
GOES-WEST clouds overlaid on a true-color MODIS background, with daily illumination of details by the sun.
- Hurricane Rick (0.3 MB JPG) at 0000 UTC on 18 October 2009.
This storm rapidly developed into a category 5 hurricane in the warm Pacific waters west of Acapulco, Mexico.
Rick is the second-strongest hurricane in the eastern North Pacific since 1966, when experts began keeping reliable records.
The strongest was Hurricane Linda, which generated maximum winds of 185 mph (296 kph) in September 1997, and made the cover of National Geographic.
- Tropical storm Marty (4.5 MB JPG) at 1500 UTC on 17 September 2009.
This storm has the same name as Marty Davis, the long-time manager of the GOES Project, who coincidentally retired this month after 50 years of service.
- Good 09-09-09 afternoon, Hurricane Linda! (1.2 MB JPG) at 2000 UTC on 9 September 2009.
Linda's power sits in an otherwise pacific east-Pacific, with cloud vortices looping placidly south of Guadalupe Island, between Linda and Baja.
- Hurricane Felicia in the Pacific (0.6 MB JPG) at 1800 UTC on 6 August 2009.
At this stage, Felicia is a category 4 hurricane, expected to come ashore in Hawaii 5 days later, much weaker.
Meanwhile, the two storms are stirring up waves that will result in excellent surfing on the facing beaches of southern California.
- Redoubt Eruption, Alaska (1.7 MB QT) on 26 March 2009,
The volcano, near Anchorage Alaska, blew dark ash high above the nearby cloud-deck. The ash swirls into a passing cyclone south of the coast in this late afternoon sequence of rapid-scan images, which track the ash in the flight-path of inter-continental aircraft.
- New Year Fog Bowl (0.3 MB JPG) at 1600 UTC on 1 January 2009.
California's San Fernando and Silicon valleys are completely fogged over on New Years Day.
- Quilted Pacific (0.2 MB JPG) at 1500 UTC on 22 August 2008.
The passage of N-S and E-W going ships under the marine stratus southwest of California precipitate cloud-lines. The regular intervals between ships create a quilted appearance in the cloud-deck that is drifting slowly to the southwest.
- Pacific Boris and Douglas (3.2 MB PNG) at 1800 on 3 July 2008.
The regular pulse of tropical storms and hurricanes that drift westward from the warm waters of the Guatemala Basin churn up the waves that make summertime surfing possible on the beaches of southern California.
- Sunglint sequence in the Gulf of Tehmantepec (6.5 MB QT) 20-29 May 2008 at 1500 UTC each day.
- Sunglint in the Gulf of Tehmantepec (1.3 MB GIF) at 1500 UTC on 20 May 2008.
The seas of the Guatemalen basin are often becalmed, providing a strong reflection of the Sun that drives the GOES visible channel to saturation.
- Smoking Southern California movie (3.6 MB QT) visible channel, 21-25 October 2007.
Smoking Southern California color movie (2.1 MB QT) overlaid on a color map, 21-25 October 2007.
The "Santa Anna winds" finally die down after 4 days, replaced by the normal on-shore sea breeze.
- Smoking Southern California (0.2 MB JPG) at 1845 UTC on 22 October 2007.
Wildfires burn out-of-control in the coastal hills, fanned by the strong, dry "Santa Anna winds" from the high plains.
The smoke plumes extend far out over the Pacific, while 500,000 people evacuate.
- Hurricane Dalila (0.3 MB JPG) at 1800 UTC on 27 July 2007.
The ghostly shift of Baja is due to a misalignment of the GOES-11 satellite image to the color background.
- Smoke-filled West (0.1 MB JPG) on the morning of 9 July 2007.
More than a dozen major wildfires cover the high plains with smoke.
In just one hour on Sunday, July 8, more than 12,000 lightning strokes hit Utah from "dry thunderstorms", whose rain evaporates before it hits the ground.
- April in Anchorage Alaska (416 kB GIF) at 2045 URTC on 1 April 2007.
A clear spring day reveals Kodiak Island, the Cook Inlet, and the glaciated mountains surrounding the city at the top of the inlet.
- Hurricane John on the coast of Mexico (0.9 MB GIF) at 1500 UTC on 30 August 2006.
The 2006 Pacific hurricane and typhoon season is quite busy, while the Atlantic is not.
- Hurricane Ileana in the Pacific (0.3 MB JPG) at 2045 UTC on 24 August 2006.
It's just a pretty storm.
- Hurricane Daniel in the Pacific (4.1 MB GIF) at 1800 UTC on 21 July 2006.
Winds were 115 knots in a compact storm, just past its maximum of 125 knots.
Ironically, a strom with the same name, Daniel, had been observed six years earlier, during the post-launch checkout of GOES-11.
- NOAA's GOES-11 Science test plans for the first 2 weeks of August 2000
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