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- Springs Fire near LA (8.3 MB MOV) 6 May 2013
Smoke from large wildfires north and west of Los Angeles appear midday in the clear coastal air slot between continental and oceanic cloud banks.
- Springs Fire near LA (1.8 MB MOV) 3 May 2013.
Smoke from large wildfires west of Los Angeles and north of Malibu can be seen drifting out to sea.
- Bi-ocular Vision (45 kB JPG) at 1300 UTC on 3 April 2013.
The morning view of clouds over the lower midwest are significantly different from the viewpoints of GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST.
- Pacific Clouds (0.4 MB JPG) at 1800 UTC on 15 January 2013.
The jet stream is a great loop from Hawaii up over Alaska and down to Colorado, encircling a large pool of marine stratus that is streaked with ship tracks.
- 1212121200 (0.1 MB JPG) 12 December 2012 at 1200 UTC.
A full disk image with a highly repetitive string of date-time digits.
There won't be another episode this repetitive for another 89 years.
- Cloud-free Equator (0.1 MB JPG) at 0000 UTC on 7 December 2012.
An unusual swath of almost cloudless sky covers the mid-Pacific Ocean.
Pearl Harbor (December 7!) was partly cloudy.
- Solar Eclipse (0.3 MB JPG) at 2100 UTC on 13 November 2012.
The moon's shadow appears near New Zealand during a full disk scan while it is noontime at the GOES-WEST sub-satellite point.
- Pacific Storm Pair (1.6 MB JPG) at 1415 UTC on 16 July 2012.
Westbound Hurricane Fabio is aligned with an eastbound storm over the pacific northwest, with both swirls highlighted by the dawn.
- Pacific Hurricane Alley (0.1 MB JPG) 13 July 2012.
Storms Daniel, Emilia, and Fabio drift sequentially across the Pacific in the western half of North America's hurricane alley.
Waves generated by the storms arrive as surf on the southern coasts of California and Hawaii.
- Guadalupe Clouds (1.0 MB MOV) 9 July 2012.
This isolated volcanic island frequently triggers a regular pattern of loops in the downwind clouds.
- Smokey dawn (0.4 MB JPG) at 1245 UTC on 28 June 2012.
The dawn's early light reveals smoke and haze throughout the Midwest, arising from forest fires throughout the Rockies.
While the most publicized fires occur along the populous eastern range in Colorado, the great smoke plumes on this morning come from Wyoming.
These 2012 fires in the Rockies were similar to an outbreak in 1910, called the "Big Burn", after which the U.S. Forest Service was empowered to prevent and fight wildfires.
- Question: What's the USA smoking?
- Answer: The Rocky Mountains
- 12-01-01@0000 (0.1 MB JPG) 1 January 2012 @ 0000 UTC.
Happy New Year from GOES-WEST to all the calendar-digit buffs.
- Blizzard in New Mexico (3 MB MOV) 15-20 December 2011.
GOES-15's first major job as GOES-WEST was to monitor the development of an early winter storm in the American Southwest, which developed as a large low pressure system over the ocean south of Los Angeles and then turned into a multi-state blizzard in northern New Mexico and the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles.
- GOES-15 moves WEST (5 MB MOV) 6-15 December 2011.
Operational weather satellites must keep supplying data, even while being replaced. In this case, GOES-15 takes pictures of the western USA as it is moved westward to the operational GOES-WEST observing station at 135W during the week of 6-15 December 2011. During that week, the images do not register with the expected background color map for the GOES-WEST viewpoint. Initially, the cloud images appear 5 degrees west of the anticipated map, but they gradually move eastward into registration. The digital images are numerically navigated in once-a-day steps. In the movie, the coast of California/Baja appears to jump eastward each day. The movie is taken from the GOES-15 hourly images, except for the first image, which is the last one ever from GOES-11 at 135W.
First full-disk infrared images from GOES-15, at 1730 UTC on 26 April 2010.
The composites are made by using the 3.9 micron infrared channel to colorize high clouds as blue, low clouds as yellow, and cool surface waters as blue.
First full-disk visible image from GOES-15, at 1730-1800 UTC on 6 April 2010.
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