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NOAA In Space Collection
Catalog of Images

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Artist's conception of NPOESS, NOAA Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satelllite System, the next generation of low earth orbiting environmental satellites.
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Artist's conception of GOES-R environmental satellite.
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First GOES-14 colorful combination visible and infrared fulldisk image. Hurricane Bill is in the Atlantic Ocean in right center of image. As opposed to the date on the image, GOES-14 was launched on June 27, 2009.
2009 August 17
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GOES-14 first visible image. GOES-14 was launched June 26, 2009.
2009 July 27
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Hurricane Ike approaching the Texas coast.
2008 September 12
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GOES satellite observing Earth
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Computer are illustrating NOAA's mission from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea.
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Launch of NOAA-N which became NOAA-18 after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
2005 May 20
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Hurricanes Igor and Julia are both category 4 hurricanes at this time. Igor was threatening Bermuda at this time while Julia was expected to remain well at sea. Both were fueled by very warm sea surface temperatures.
2010 September 15
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Launch of GOES-P, which upon becoming operational became GOES 15, from Cape Canaveral. It is now GOES West.
2010 March 4
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GOES infrared imagery is shown from over the East Pacific. This image was produced for NOAA Kids Day.
2009 April 23
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Hurricane Wilma had the lowest central pressure of any tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic -- making it one of history's most intense hurricanes.
2005 October 19
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A low pressure system producing a line of storms over parts of the Southern and Eastern United States. Florida is in the bottom center.
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Conceptual diagram of NOAA satellite systems. NOAA operates two satellite systems. Geostationary satellites (GOES) orbit the Earth at a speed equal to its rotation, so they seem to be held in one place, providing continuous coverage of the western hemisphere. Polar orbiting satellites continuously orbit the earth from pole to pole and provide worldwide coverage.
2009 July 9
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Hurricane Hugo the day before landfall as seen from the GOES-7 satellite. As of 2009, Hugo ranked number 8 on the list of costliest mainland-falling hurricanes , number 11 as most intense, and was the only Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the 1980's.
South Carolina 1989 September 21
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A weakening storm system heading eastward, producing rain over parts of the Midwest, South, and Northeast.
2009 October 30
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A powerful storm developing over the midwest which dumped copious snow and sleet from Oklahoma to the Atlantic coast.
2010 January 29
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A developing low off the Mid-Atlantic states that brought winter storm conditions to parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Deep layer cyclonic flow and low pressure cover the Atlantic Ocean north of 28N and west of 40 W.
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A hemispheric view on Earth Day 2010.
2010 April 22
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The Gulf Stream seen clearly off the East Coast of the United States. The Loop Current which feeds into the Gulf Stream is seen clearly in the Gulf of Mexico providing visual evidence for the origin of its name.
2010 May 3
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This intense storm system brought severe flooding and tornadoes to Tennessee and other parts of the Central and Southeast U.S. on Sunday, May 2. The system moved to the east and brought severe weather to the Atlanta region.
2010 May 3
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Cloud formation in the shape of a "P" above the Atlantic Ocean. At over 4,800 Km (2980 miles wide), this could be the largest letter ever seen.
2010 May 5
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Arctic sea ice rapidly melting. The red line shows the average extent of sea ice for June 21st. The Arctic sea ice extent at the time of this image was even lower than the record low year of 2007.
2010 June 21
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Antarctic ice extent in June of 2010 were much higher than what had been observed historically from satellites. However, although sea ice seems to be increasing in extent, melting of the ice sheets is continuing at fast rates as is calving of icebergs from the mainland. As of the time of this image, some areas of Antarctica were experiencing high temperature anomalies.
2010 June 22
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A very active Intertropical Convergence Zone showing from west to east Hurricane Celia heading west in the Pacific, major Hurricane Darby south of Mexico along the same latitude as Celia, a strengthening tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea, and a tropical wave just east of the northern Leeward Islands.
2010 June 25
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Yucatan storm signature seen in sea surface temperature. A storm system hovering over the Yucatan Peninsula probably caused cooling with offshore flow causing upwelling of cooler deep waters north of the peninsula.
2010 July 7
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A tropical system forms off Africa just north of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
2010 August 20
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Warm oceans intensifying hurricane season. Fueled by warm ocean temperatures, a series of consecutive storms have formed in the Intertropical Convergence Zone . Hurricanes Danielle and Earl have intensified into major hurricane strength with another system following in Earl's wake. The image shows the amount of heat energy available to fuel hurricane intensification.
2010 August 30
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Tropical Depression Hermine located west of Dallas, Texas, with winds near only 25 mph. However, the threat is not finished as this system produced heavy rain and flooding as it moved north-northeast at 10 mph.
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Hurricane Igor and Tropical Storm Julia showing Fujiwhara Effect interaction.
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From left to right - Hurricane Karl west of the Yucatan Peninsula, Hurricane Igor east of Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Julia in mid-Atlantic.
2010 September 16
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Hurricane Igor approaches Newfoundland.
2010 September 21
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Hurricane Gloria made landfall three times before diminishing over New England. It reached Category 4 intensity early in its life, then skirted the coastline of the U.S. Here it is shown skirting the New Jersey coastline.
1985 September 28

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