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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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GOES-East image showing a Nor'easter producing rain and strong winds over parts of the Northeast United States and eastern Canada. Further south, Tropical Storm Paula has weakened to a depression and is located just north of central Cuba.
2010 October 15
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This image from the GOES-East full hemisphere infrared scan shows an extremely large and intense storm system that has rolled across the plains and into the Great Lakes and Mid-west regions over the last twelve hours. The storm brought heavy precipitation and winds and generated many tornado warnings stretching from Michigan to Tennessee.
2010 October 26
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Tropical Storm Shary, a small system is seen south southwest of Bermuda. A strong tropical wave that looks like an already developed storm is east southeast of the Windward Islands. This system had an 80 % chance of developing into a tropical storm within the next 24 to 48 hours.
2010 October 29 1445Z
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A storm system moving away from the Northeast United States. This system produced showers and strong winds over southern New England.
2010 November 10
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A knife-edge squall line extends across the Southeast United States. This image was observed from GOES East.
2010 November 26
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A composite image of 2010 hurricanes. Although a quite active season, no major landfalling hurricanes affected the United States. There were nineteen named storms during the year, making 2010 the third most active season on record, tying 1887 and 1995.
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NOAA-19 satellite model. This satellite carries AVHRR, AMSU, HIRS, MHS, SBUV, and SEM sensors for detecting a myriad of atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial properties on Earth.
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Graphic indicating weeks of coral heating stress in the South China Sea and other areas of southeast Asia.
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Extratropical cyclone off the SE coast of Australia.
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Satellite sensor derived sea surface temperature anomalies
2009 July 1
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Hurricane Alex moving toward landfall 130 miles to the south-southeast of Brownsville, TX. Maximum sustained winds were 70 knots with gusts to 85 knots . Alex was the first June hurricane since 1995.
2010 June 30
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NASA's Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) satelllite.
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Pacific Ocean showing surface water temperature anomalies.
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First GOES-15 full disk image.
2010 April 6 1733 UTC
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Coral reef watch coral bleaching thermal stress outlook graphic.
2010 September 21
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NOAA coral reef watch satellite coral bleaching alert area.
2010 September 20
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Launch of NOAA-N Prime from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
2009 February 6
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Remarkable cellular cloud pattern taken from NASA satellite. Image taken from above Peru shows self-organizing honeycomb cloud pattern.
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Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf of Mexico.
2008 September 1
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Hurricane Mitch near its peak intensity with maximum sustained winds at 180 mph (285 km/hr). A few days later after making landfall in Central America nearly 11,000 people were confirmed dead and almost as many reported missing making Mitch the second-deadliest hurricane on record, only surpassed by the Great Hurricane of 1780.
1998 October 26
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Dedication ceremony for Wallops Island GOES receiving station.
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Dr. Robert White, ESSA Administrator, speaking at dedication of Wallops Island satellite receiving station.
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Dr. Robert White and Dr. George Cressman at ribbon cutting ceremony for Wallops Island satellite receiving station.
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Unknown dignitary speaking at dedication of Wallops Island satellite receiving station.
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Dr. George Cressman, head of the Weather Bureau, speaking at the dedication of the Wallops Island GOES receiver.
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Federated States of Micronesia $2.00 stamp highlighting role of weather satellites in monitoring sea surface temperatures and observing and predicting El Nino events.
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First GOES-14 full disk visible image
2009 July 27
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GOES East image of Hurricane Sandy
New York, New York 2012 October 29
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Storm system that spawned devastating EF-5 Joplin tornado that killed 158 and injured over 1000. Image taken by GOES-13. This image was taken a few minutes before the tornado struck the city of Joplin.
Missouri, Joplin 2011 May 22 2345 Z (1745 CST)
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A line of thunderstorms stretching from eastern Kentucky through Massachusetts touched off a tornado in Norfolk, Massachusetts. High winds accompanied this system from New England to Chesapeake Bay. Image taken by GOES East.
United States 2015 June 23 1915 EDT
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NOAA/NASA Earth at Night assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012.
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Hurricane Katrina imaged by NOAA-16 AVHRR instrument.
Gulf of Mexico 2005 August 28 2010Z
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A mass of very dry, dusty air, known as the Saharan Air Layer, blowing off the coast of Africa into the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The SAL can have significant negative impact on tropical cyclone intensity and formation. Its dry air can act to weaken a tropical cyclone by promoting downdrafts around the storm while its strong winds increase vertical wind shear around the storm environment.
Africa 2014 June 23
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Plankton blooms swirling in the Baltic Sea image by Suomi NPP satellite. This RGB color composite uses the satellite's SVI1, SVM4, and SVI2 bands, each sensitive to different colors of light. By combining these channels, features not apparent in normal visible imagery can be discerned.
Baltic Sea 2014 July 24
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Super Typhoon Neoguri bears down on Okinawa, Japan Mainland. Image taken by MTSAT-2. This typhoon was tracking NW at 10 knots with maximum significant wave heights of 40 feet.
Pacific Ocean western 2014 July 7
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Hurricane Cristobal west of Bermuda holding hurricane strength before moving to higher latitudes and cooler waters. Two extratropical storms are located to Cristobal's northeast.
Atlantic Ocean western 2014 August 27 1145Z
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High resolution image of King Fire burning in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River north of the community of Pollock Pines. At the time the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument obtained this image, the fire had grown to more than 70,000 acres due to extreme fire behavior, extreme terrain, inaccessability, and variable wind direction.
California 2014 September 17 2107Z
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Total ozone concentration over Antarctica for the week of September 7, 2014. Areas colored red have dangerously low ozone concentrations, below 220 dobson units, that are associated with the "hole" that forms over the region in September and October of each year.
Antartica 2014 September 7
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Hurricane Gonzalo leading active weather patterns across western tropical Atlantic. This image also includes a huge extratropical system to the east of Newfoundland and a cold front that spawned damaging winds and a few tornadoes over parts of the United States Southeast. Image taken by GOES East.
Atlantic Ocean western 2014 October 14 1445Z
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The Suomi NPP satellite's Day/Night Band (D/NB) captured a fairly clear view of portions of the eastern United States. The image highlights the snow on the ground from the latest storms.
United States 2015 January 8 0245 EST
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GOES West closeup of Tropical Storm Ana in the Pacific Ocean.
Pacific Ocean 2014 October 22
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A cold front sweeping into the southern United States brought freezing temperatures to large parts of the country. This image from the High Resolution Rapid Refresh model shows the minimum surface temperature expected from November 13th through midnight EST on the 14th. Areas shaded blue are at or below freezing.
2014 November 13
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Widespread precipitation accompanied this system from the West Coast to the Rockies as an upper trough and associated cold front edged inland over the western United States. A rich plume of moisture feeding into drought-stricken California fueled heavy rains. Image taken by GOES West.
2014 December 12 1830Z
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Lake effect snow bands over the Great Lakes region. Cold air moving over the Great Lakes and some upper-level energy aided in producing lake effect snow downwind from the Great Lakes and over parts of the Northern/Central Appalachians. Image taken by GOES East.
2015 January 7 1915Z
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Winter storm exiting the East Coast of the United States. This storm brought heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain to much of the south-central United States. Image taken by Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument.
2015 February 17 1315 EST
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Great Lakes total ice cover approaches 85%, well above the long-term average and closing in on 2014's mark of 92.5%. In this image Lake Erie is a vast white plain, joining Lake Huron and Lake Superior with coverages above 90% and only small areas of open water. Image taken by Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument.
2015 February 23 1803Z
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Image shows risk of severe thunderstorms including large hail and damaging winds across parts of the southern plains into the Ozarks. 3 and 1/2 hours later supercell thunderstorms had blossomed in eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.
United States 2015 March 25 1715Z
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Calbuco Volcano erupting in southern Chile for the first time since 1972. Imaged by Suomi VIIRS instrument in high resolution infrared channel.
Chile 2015 April 23 0115 EST
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Super Typhoon Maysak strengthening in the western Pacific Ocean and tracking west-northwest toward the Philippine Islands. Image taken by MTSAT-2.
2015 March 31 0430Z

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