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NOAA In Space Collection
Catalog of Images

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Graphic of operational life of various satellites of the NOAA-N design
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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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Hurricane Andrew over the Bahamas
1992 August 24
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Hurricane Charley off the west coast of Florida
2004 August 13
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A comma-shaped storm system moving over parts of the Midwestern, Southern, and Northeastern United States. This system caused showers and storms over parts of these regions.
2009 April 1
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Western hemisphere view. The Earth, as observed by the NOAA GOES-12 satellite on April 22, 2009, using infrared cloud imagery. This was the view on the 29th celebration of Earth Day.
2009 April 22
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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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The black and gray area in the center of the image is the Mt. St. Helens eruption.
Washington, Mt. St. Helens 1980 May 18
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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.
2009 July 9
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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.
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On one of the darkest days in the history of the United States of America, the east coast was bathed in bright sunshine. Hurricane Erin turned toward the east that day, with a decrease in forward speed caused by a weakened series of short -wave troughs along the western portion o fthe Atlantic subtropical ridge.
2001 September 11
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Minimum Arctic sea ice extent as measured in 2009, the third lowest year ever recorded.
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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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Hurricane Rick off the west coast of Mexico.
Mexico 2009 October 17
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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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Hurricane Mitch just prior to landfall. This image was taken by GOES-10 when Mitch was near its peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph (285 kmh). A few days later after making landfall in Central America nearly 11,000 people were confirmed dead and almost as many reported missing making Mithc the second deadliest hurricane on record (1780 Great Hurricane deadliest).
1998, October 26
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The East Coast storm of December 18,2009. A powerful low pressure system tracked northeast from the Gulf of Mexico and brought heavy snowfall and thunderstorms to the Mid-Atlantic states.
2009 December 18
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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.
2010 March 2
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This system in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil was classified as a tropical cyclone. This storm came six years after Cyclone Catarina in March 2004, the first hurricane-intensity tropical cyclone ever recorded in the South Atlantic.
Brazil 2010 March 11
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A hemispheric view on Earth Day 2010.
2010 April 22
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An extratropical cyclone is seen in this GOES-13 image. These storms form at higher latitudes than hurricanes or other cyclones and can occur year-round.
2010 April 23
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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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Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica illuminated by sunlight as seen at the far eastern extent of GOES-West's visible coverage. Storms seem three-dimensional and the thin shell of our atmosphere gives way to space. This is a non-enhanced GOES-11 channel 1 image.
2010 May 14
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This image shows the North American snow cover on April 30, 2010. This was the lowest snow cover ever recorded for any April. A rapid melt occurred during March and April quickly erasing the record snowfalls of December through February. Sea ice extent, which was close to average in March, quickly declined in April and May and was trending towards dipping below the 2007 record low.
2010 May 20
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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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Tropical storm Alex covering much of Mexico with rain and winds. On the left, a necklace of Von Karman vortices flows southeast from Isla Socorro, in calm weather. The vortices are areas of flow circulating in alternating clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.
Mexico 2010 July 1
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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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Hurricane Earl NE of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico 2010 August 30
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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 storm Hermine brought rain to Texas and the southern plains.
Texas 2010 September 7
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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.
Texas 2010 September 8
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Hurricane Igor and Tropical Storm Julia showing Fujiwhara Effect interaction.
2010 September 13
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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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