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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

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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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May 2012 Second Warmest on Record

After the fifth warmest April on record, the combined global land and ocean temperature for May 2012 was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above the 20thcentury average of 14.8°C (58.6°F), making it the 2nd warmest May on record (since 1880), only behind May 2010. Continue reading

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