Another tropical storm headed for the Philippines. Source
Posts tagged satellite.
"Very strong" Typhoon Francisco. Doesn’t look like it will track to Fukushima, Japan.
This huge algal bloom in Lake Erie (that’s Detroit up there) broke out during government shutdown was not being tracked. The federal shutdown closed NOAA monitoring of unexpected health hazard. Read more at Sandusky Register
NOAA retires GOES-12, an important weather satellite that monitored major hurricanes over the years.
NOAA’s GOES-12 satellite was decommissioned on August 16th, 2013 after 3,788 days in service.
From April 2003 — May 2010, GOES-12 served as GOES East, providing “eye in the sky” monitoring for such memorable events as the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and the series of blizzards during the winter of 2009-2010. After suffering thruster control issues, GOES-12 was taken out of normal service and moved to provide greater coverage of the Southern Hemisphere as the first-ever GOES South. During that time it provided enhanced severe weather monitoring for South America.
This animation shows one image from each day of the satellite’s life — a total of 3,641 full disk visible images.
Note, this doesn’t show sea ice in the Arctic…
An online map that tracks in near real-time the vegetation area of all the world’s forests simultaneously will launch next month, after a preview was shown at a United Nations summit yesterday. Called “Global Forest Watch 2.0,” the map is a project years in the making led by the World Resources Institute, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on ecological issues.
They designed the map to help monitor and stop illegal forest clearing and deforestation by loggers and ranchers around the globe. “Deforestation continues today in part because by the time satellite images are available, analyzed, and shared, the forest clearing is long done,” the group notes on its website.
Nice map. Helps monitor illegal tree slaughter. Check it out if you can.
- History of the Space Shuttle
- Hubble Telescope Discoveries
- Webb Telescope (Webb will replace Hubble)
- Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits
- Ikhana: Unmanned Aircraft System (basically, the history of a drone named Ikhana)
- Earth as Art looks particularly promising.
There’s also NASA magazine and an app. Who knew?
Pearl City, Kuwait in 2002 and 2009.
Here’s the wiki.
(Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Reuters)
Most of Florida’s Gulf Coast was under the first tropical storm warning of the year Wednesday as a storm named Andrea debuted the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.
This list of 30 issues that the independent Govt Accountability Office (GAO) analyzed is mind-boggling. The U.S. Federal Government, says the GAO, is embarrassingly underprepared to deal with the volume and increasing frequency of climate related disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, droughts in the southwest, super tornadoes in Oklahoma, etc. They conclude(!) that funding for disaster response and post-disaster planning is completely inadequate and in need of an overhaul.
The GAO’s list also points out that the nation’s weather satellites, operated by NOAA, are near the end of their useful life spans and are in dire need of replacement.
(The satellite) systems are critical to weather forecasters, climatologists, and the military to map and monitor changes in weather, climate, the oceans, and the environment.
Federal agencies are currently planning and executing major satellite acquisition programs to replace existing polar and geostationary satellite systems that are nearing the end of their expected life spans. However, these programs have troubled legacies of cost increases, missed milestones, technical problems, and management challenges that have resulted in reduced functionality and slips to planned launch dates. As a result, the continuity of satellite data is at risk.
The GAO’s High Risk Report is absolutely worth clicking through. Each of the 30 items are categorized and easy to read. The two above on climate and satellites also include video summaries.
Severe tornado and hail watch in effect. From NOAA (note this type of satellite data is in danger of being cut by the current administration):
A Moderate Risk of Severe Thunderstorms is Forecast Today and/or TonightTHE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FEW STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES…VERY LARGE HAIL…AND INTENSE DAMAGING WINDS OVER PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TO THE OZARK PLATEAU LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.
For additional details, see the current Public Severe Weather Outlook (PWO).
The outage of an important weather satellite demonstrates the ongoing degradation in U.S. observing systems.