by Jeff Siarto
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is the second in a row to feature three simultaneous storms–the most recent, and most dangerous being Florence which reached Category 4 status earlier in the week (now at a Category 2) as it moves within a day of the Carolinas and US Mid-Atlantic Region. NOAA has a full suite of tools at their disposal for forecasting and monitoring storms including buoys, hurricane-chasing airplanes, and a fleet of satellites that monitor weather and climate around the globe.
The newest satellite in NOAAs arsenal is GOES-16 (formally GOES-R) which sits in geostationary orbit above the Americas and provides high resolution, near-realtime imagery of the Western Hemisphere across visible, infrared, and near-infrared spectral bands. Because of its unique orbit, GOES-16 is able to provide live snapshots of the entire Earth–commonly referred to as full disk images. To give you a sense of the power in this storm, we’ve used our SATcat tool to build full resolution video from the GOES-16 vector data so you can see the movement and formation of the storm across the Atlantic.
We also have an archive of the 2017 hurricane season where you can watch and scrub video of each named storm from formation to landfall/dissipation.
Finally, if you’re in the path of Florence or in a mandatory evacuation zone–stop reading this, get to a safe location, and monitor the storm track from the National Hurricane Center’s official tracking page.