Category Archives: Atmosphere

Weather Satellites – past, present and future

Overview This narrated movie chronicles the history of weather satellites from the launch of the Sputnik spacecraft to NOAA’s most recent GOES-R series of weather satellites. Click on the image to watch the YouTube preview. Along with providing a short … Continue reading

Category: Atmosphere, Climate, feature story, Hydrology, Oceans, Severe Weather


GOES R – A glimpse into the future of Weather Satellites

Overview The first satellite of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites – R Series (GOES-R) is scheduled for launch in March 2016! There are many exciting improvements on the way and this short video introduces and demonstrates two of them: Advanced … Continue reading

Category: Atmosphere, Earth Systems, Severe Weather

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Impacts of Saharan Dust Cloud

Over the past several days, a large dust cloud has moved from Africa’s Sahara Desert over the Atlantic Ocean. NOAA’s satellites detected the plume of dust several days ago. moving off the coast of Africa. Dust clouds like this are relatively common and are part of the Saharan Air Layer, but this particular plume of dust is highly concentrated. The high concentration will not only lower visibilities for any areas along its path, but has the potential to suppress hurricane development. NOAA models forecast the the dust plume to travel across the Atlantic over the next several days. Continue reading

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