Weather

WHAT DO WEATHER SATELLITES DO?

The GOES (Geostationary
Operational Environmental
Satellite) system is run by the US
National Environmental Satellite,
Data, and Information Service
(NESDIS). The major element of
GOES comprises four different
geosynchronous satellites
(although there are other
geo-satellites either with other
uses now or decommissioned).
The whole system is used by
NOAA’s National Weather Service
for forecasting, meteorological
research and storm tracking. The
satellites provide continuous
views of Earth, giving data on air
moisture, temperature and cloud
cover. They also monitor solar and
near-space activities like solar
flares and geomagnetic storms.

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