Casual Friday — 10 years of weather history in 3 minutes

NOAA’s GOES-12 satellite was decommissioned on August 16th, 2013 after 3,788 days in service. From April 2003 through 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 a 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 (direct link) shows one image from each day of the satellite’s life — a total of 3,641 full disk visible images showing 10 years of weather in a bit over 3 minutes.

Want to know more? Evelyn Lamb at Scientific American has a great mathematical perspective on the video.

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