Since the dawn of the satellite era, weather satellites have been an instrumental and mainstay feature of space exploration. Numerous countries and agencies around the world have launched their own sets of sentinels that keep an ever-watchful eye over our continents and oceans.
To say that weather satellites have had a positive impact on weather forecasting and accuracy would be an understatement. But exactly how is the data used to generate those forecasts gathered by NOAA’s GOES network? And how is that data used by hurricane forecasters and modelers to inform and protect the public during increasingly powerful, active, and record-breaking seasons?