(Note: GOES-16 data are not considered operational and should not be used for official analysis or forecasting purposes)
This week the annual gathering of weather satellite geeks (of which I used to be) are in New York City at the City College of New York talking about all the neat new things we can see with GOES-16 (formerly GOES-R), polar orbiting satellites, and I’m sure commercial satellite data acquisition is also being discussed (now that Congress ordered NOAA to purchase more and more commercial satellite data for their operations).
In a few weeks, one of the major weather associations (American Meteorological Society) as well as National Weather Service partners (I represent both) will be back in the “birthplace” of satellite meteorology: Madison, Wisconsin. I’m sure we will be talking about GOES-16, geeking out at the cool new imagery and products at the AOS building and “the CAVE”, and having many beers with the researchers at UW that provide us with these magical products used to look for everything from forest fires to volcanic ash in the air to clear air turbulence to night time lights.
As a meteorologist and manager in the private sector, I’m especially excited to talk to my NOAA colleagues about the advances in IT and commercial data buys. Our intent is not to “take over” NOAA’s role as the supplier of hardware and data, rather act as a partner to better our respective missions and save lives and property.
Have fun in NYC and I’ll see many of you in a few weeks in Madison. Save me a stool at the Great Dane Pub! -bh