GOES-16 is now available for testing!

Full Disk True Color Visible from GOES-16

This Full Disk “True Color” Visible Image from June 8th, 2017 uses the GOES-16 Advanced Baaseline Imager’s Red and Blue Visible bands combined with a synthetic/derived Green Visible band.

I remember how excited The Weather Channel was when GOES-8 was launched on April 13, 1994. They had a meteorologist down there watching it live, and were reporting it via—landline telephone. The video was courtesy of NASA, all in standard definition, of course. But the GOES-8 imagery…wow! 2 KM visible imagery just blew the mind. And having it every 15 minutes was just fantastic!

So now we’re up to GOES-16. Since that time, it can be said, I believe very accurately, that the new weather satellites that succeeded them were evolutionary. Sure, resolution got better…1 KM visible imagery, 4 KM Infrared imagery, and 8 KM water vapor imagery from our current satellites is something we take for granted; if we really want to, we can go every 5 minutes, and for special events, every 90 seconds. But all of those numbers are blown away with GOES-16. Just as, if not more importantly: the number of products from GOES-16 is light years above the older satellites.

Of course, 1/2 km visible resolution, 1 km IR, and 2 KM water vapor resolution are impressive. But the imager quality is so much better…pixels means nothing if the lens is of low quality! But look at all of these additional products we will be getting from this satellite:



But..GOES-16 also detects lightning in real-time, measures the geomagnetic field in space, and a lot more. Furthermore, there are products that are being developed! That’s right, the imager firmware can be upgraded from Earth. Here’s some products they are working on, to see if they will be valuable to the meteorological community:

So, what will AllisonHouse carry? That’s a great question, and the answer will depend on YOU. Carrying everything would require a massive increase in storage space, and that won’t be cheap. Now, obviously, the basics like visible, IR, and water vapor are no-brainers: of course we’ll carry them. But beyond that, and what we are carrying now while the satellite is in evaluation and testing, what would you like to see? Drop us a response to this post and tell us!Finally, while the satellite is in testing, the data could go out at any time as they test the satellite for issues, and to make sure everything checks out fine. And, above all else…while this is in testing, so are we. We prepared our satellite dish receivers, ingest servers and AllisonHouse Maps for this big day, and all seems well. BUT, color tables? Layout? We want YOUR feedback. If there’s anything you think would improve our products, we’re all ears. Let’s hear you, AllisonHouse fans! The good and the bad, we want to know!And if you want to see GOES-16 in action in near-real time, just as the National Weather Service is seeing it, what are you waiting for? Subscribe to a Storm Hunter subscription and then you’ll immediately be able to use AllisonHouse Maps…and see GOES-16 imagery in all its stunning beauty!


  1. Duane's Gravatar Duane
    March 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I would like Enhanced “V” / Overshooting Top Detection and Convective Initiation

  2. July 7, 2017 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Fire/Hot Spot Characterization, Total Precipitable Water,Enhanced “V” / Overshooting Top Detection, Cloud Top Height/Cloud Layer, Cloud Phase, Rainfall Rate Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (QPE), Cloud Type, Probability of Rainfall, Rainfall Potential, Visibility

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