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Professor Richard Rood Interviewed on Launch of GOES-R Weather Satellite

Posted: November 21, 2016

Professor Richard Rood Interviewed on Launch of GOES-R Weather Satellite

Climate & Space Professor Richard Rood was interviewed this past weekend by the Washington Post on the subject of the GOES-R satellite launch. The article discussed the anticipated positive effect the new weather satellite will have on storm prediction around the world. 

An excerpt from the article: 

"At 6:42 on Saturday evening, the United States launched a revolutionary new weather satellite into space from Cape Canaveral, Fla. When GOES-R arrives at orbit, it will see hurricanes and blizzards with higher resolution than any other U.S. satellite of its kind. The scans will take less time and be transmitted faster. Severe storms will be more predictable through breakthrough lightning mapping.

"The weather satellites that silently monitor the atmosphere over North America are approaching the end of their life spans. If they fail, the United States will be left without critical weather data. Scientists at NOAA and NASA have been warning of this risk for years. In the late 1990s, they began designing instruments for the next generation of satellites.

"GOES-R, the first in the new series to launch, will join a large constellation of U.S. satellites — operated by NOAA, NASA and the Department of Defense — that observe our planet’s weather and environment."

Follow this link to read the full article.

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