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Operational Results


Pre-Operational Results


First Infrared Images

First full-disk infrared images from GOES-14, at 1730 UTC on 17 August 2009.

The satellite and instrument performed well. However, the ground system had problems writing the new rebroadcast format for channels 3 and 6, where the right-hand side of the image was partly over-written with the left-hand side. The post-launch checkout is performed to discover and fix such problems.

GOES-14 took a full-disk image of the Earth during sub-satellite noon at 90W during a mid-summer heat wave in the eastern USA. Hurricane Bill appears far to the east of the Caribbean Sea. The picture is composed of data from visible and two infrared "window" channels placed in color layers of a digital image. Yellow clouds correspond to bright, low (warm) layers, such as the marine stratus southwest of California. Blue clouds are dark, high, cold layers, such as the great winter storms in the southern hemisphere. White clouds are both high (cold) and well illuminated by the sun, such as the string of thunderstorms over the tropics in the Pacific. The deep blue tint of the oceans and the brown tint of the continents result from the differences in temperature and reflectance from water and land. The colorful result illustrates the wide range of weather and climate that occurs simultaneously over the globe.

First Visible Image

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First full-disk visible image from GOES-14, at 1730-1800 UTC on 27 July 2009.
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