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GOES-16 Imagery

Site Thumbnail "The Advanced Baseline Imager is the primary instrument on the GOES-R Series for imaging Earth's weather, oceans and environment. ABI views the Earth with 16 different spectral bands (compared to five on the previous generation of GOES), including two visible channels, four near-infrared channels, and ten infrared channels." You can learn more here, where you can download an indepth PDF fact sheet for each band. Imagery is available for the full disk (usually every 15 minutes), continental U.S. (CONUS, usually every 5 minutes) and two mesoscale regions (usually every minute) that change. You can learn more about that here. You can view the GOES-R series FAQ here.


This viewer comes from the Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB) of NOAA/NESDIS and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA).

All 16 spectral bands can be viewed. The viewer allows you to zoom in and loop imagery. Other products include GeoColor (CIRA), Natural Color, RGB Air Mass, Dust (EUMETSAT) and others for the Full Disk and CONUS. You can overlay multiple layers on top of each other. Mesoscale sectors are also available. You can also view some mesoscale floater imagery here on their older page, which existed before this viewer became available.

Note: This is an experimental viewer. When testing this viewer we found that when a loop of one of the two mesoscale sectors lasts beyond when the position of the mesocale changed, the "Maps" overlay reflected the location of the earlier mesoscale position.
Site Thumbnail RealEarth™ from Space Science & Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

All 16 spectral bands can usually be viewed for the Full Disk, CONUS and two mesoscale sectors. The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) (about) overlay is also available. You can also add a wide variety of other overlays, which you can learn about later on this page. The viewer allows you to zoom in and loop imagery, giving you more control over the imagery than any other viewer. The layers in their viewer are sometimes unavailable and may disappear, only to come back later. To find GOES-16 imagery, click the "All" tab in the left column. You can either search for "GOES-16" or look for a folder, or folders, with GOES-16 in the name. They have previously changed the folder structure. As of updating this page the folders were called "GOES-16 ConUS prelim non-op", "GOES-16 Full Disk prelim non-op", "GOES-16 Lightning prelim non-op", "GOES-16 Meso 1 prelim non-op" and "GOES-16 Meso 2 prelim non-op", with around 20 or more overlays in the satellite layer folders for the various spectral bands and additional enhancements. There is only one overlay in the Geostationary Lightning Mapper folder, which contains an overlay for the entire full disk.

An additional GOES-16 viewer exists here on their site. It only has B&W Full Disk and CONUS imagery for each of the 16 spectral bands. Other satellites are available in that viewer as well. You can set an image loop to have the maximum number of images available, which can sometimes exceed 200.
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Visible, Cirrus, Snow/Ice, SW Window, Mid-Lvl WV, Low-Lvl WV and Infrared products are available. You can view an image loop from 6 to 200 frames. The site includes Full Disk, Continental U.S. and mesoscale floater sectors. For the Continental U.S., you can select a region to view a closer view. While you can't zoom in, the imagery scales to the size of your browser window.
Site Thumbnail NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT)

All 16 spectral bands can be viewed for the Full Disk and CONUS. Additional products include Air Mass RGB (about, PDF file), Dust RGB (about, PDF file) and others. You can't select how many images you would like to view in a loop, so you could find yourself viewing a loop with well over a hundred images and over a hundred megabytes. You can't zoom in on imagery. The link above is for the infrared band 14 for CONUS. Once on the page you can select the other bands and use the "Animate This Product" link at the bottom of the left column to animate the display. The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) product is also available here for CONUS. Once on the page you can select a different domain, including the full disk, Caribbean, Southeast US and South America.
Site Thumbnail NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

There are three spectral bands available; visible (band 2), infrared (band 14) and water vapor (band 8). Each is available for the Full Disk and CONUS. There are therefore six different options to choose from at the top of their page. For each of those you will be able to center your satellite view, with three zoom levels available to zoom in closer. You will have additional image enhancements that are standard with all of their imagery; ten for infrared and six for water vapor.

Featured Sites

Site Thumbnail RealEarth™ from Space Science & Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

This site has an incredible amount of satellite imagery in Google Maps. You can add as many layers you want at one time, setting the transparency. Since it is in Google Maps, you can zoom in as much as you want for more refined imagery. The imagery can also be looped in their viewer. You can select the time steps in your loop, such as an image every hour, or every 6 hours, in the loop, as well as set how many images you want to view in the loop. You can also control the speed of the loop. While the amount of archived data available varies, you can often go back a week for some of the more popular satellite options. You can also view the data in Google Earth. When you click the "Share" button you can save a link with the options you have selected as well as find a link in the window that pops up about saving a KML file in Google Earth. This is one of the most incredible weather products in existence. In the "Global Imagery" folder you will find imagery that often updates every hour. In the "Continental US" folder, for imagery just near the U.S., often every 15 minutes. You will see such overlays like you see in imagery at NOAA's Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO), such as Visible, IR Aviation (AVN), Infrared (B&W), Dvorak, Funk Top, Overshooting Tops, Rainbow and others. You can also find radar overlays in the "Radar" folder. There are hundreds of other overlays. Some layers in their viewer are sometimes unavailable and may disappear, only to come back later. View more data here at the Science & Engineering Center.
Site Thumbnail Interactive Weather Satellite Imagery Viewers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

NASA's site allows you to center the satellite view on the area you pick. There are three different zoom levels. You can view visible, infrared or water vapor imagery. Depending on where you want to look, you can pick imagery that updates more often. CONUS every 15 minutes. North Hemisphere and the Caribbean and West Atlantic Hurricane Region are every 30 minutes. The Full Disk is every 3 hours. GOES-16 data for CONUS is every 5 minutes and Full Disk data is every 15 minutes, though GOES-16 data remains preliminary. A variety of different image enhancements can also be chosen, with ten for infrared and six for water vapor. The imagery uses GOES East and GOES West and is therefore available for the Atlantic, East Pacific and Central Pacific. (Less recent data is available globally.) Our site has a viewer that allows you to more easily select data from this site using their "Build a Satellite" feature. You can view it here.

Tropical Atlantic Overlays for Google Earth

If you have the desktop version of Google Earth, you can view a large number of image overlays in the program using our overlay product.

You can download and open the following file in Google Earth:
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Current Version: 1.20 (May 4th, 2015) - Removed some overlays that were no longer available.

This product contains hundreds of overlays, including image loops, from a wide variety of sources for the Atlantic basin. A computer with a lot of memory and a broadband connection is strongly recommended, most especially for the loops.

SSEC Overlays for Google Earth

This Google Earth file contains overlays from the Space Science & Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can also view these overlays in their Google Maps product here, one of the most incredible weather products in existence. Image loops are available in their Google Maps product.

You can download and open the following file in Google Earth:
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Current Version: 1.01 (August 26th, 2016)

Satellite Imagery from NOAA's Satellite Services Division

Atlantic and Caribbean Tropical Satellite Imagery from NOAA's Satellite Services Division
This is the site you will find yourself probably using the most. A wide variety of views and satellite enhancements make this one of the best places to view satellite imagery. Question about one of the toggle options on the satellite loops? Click here. If you want imagery for the Pacific, click here.
GOES East Satellite Imagery
This site has a lot of the same things you see at the link above. However, there are a few additional views that are worthwhile in some cases, especially for storms in the East Caribbean or near the United States. If you want imagery from GOES West, for the western U.S. or the eastern Pacific, click here.
GOES Storm Floaters
Storm floaters allow you to view closeup images of storms. You can also view floaters here with other storm information as well.
Satellite Imagery over Individual Weather Forecast Offices
You can view satellite imagery zoomed in over any specific forecast office. Click here if you would like to view imagery for forecast offices from the western region. If you would like to view static thumbnails showing the satellite coverage over a forecast office, click the link of the region you want: Southern | Eastern | Central | Western
Additional GOES Imagery: Ocean Coverage | Land Coverage
A lot of the imagery on these sites are on the sites above. The land coverage site has additional imagery that is not found on the other sites.
NOAA GOES Geostationary Satellite Server: Older Site | Newer Site
The older site has links to the imagery you see in the above links. The newer site has additional imagery, in addition to the imagery from the links above that it also links to.
Latest Satellite Imagery from the National Hurricane Center's satellite page
The NOAA imagery on this site can be found through the NOAA sites above, but you may find some of the content nearer to the bottom of this page easier to access through this page.

Additional Satellite Imagery

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Monterey's Tropical Cyclone Page
For developed storms and areas of investigation as well, NRL has impressive visible imagery centered right on the storm. The site has IR imagery as well and a lot of other various satellite features that make this one of the best places to research a storm.
University of Wisconsin - Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
This site has a lot of impressive features, including storm centered satellite imagery. It has shear, dust, convergence, divergence, vorticity, wind, ADT estimates, and steering current data you may be familiar with. Click an active storm on the map on the main page and you will access a display with a wide variety of features that allow you to easily overlay storm specific data. A little advaced warning, the "5-Day Movie" option available for some imagery is a Java loop that will use a lot of memory to run and takes a very long time to download if you do not have broadband.
Tropical RAMSDIS Online from Colorado State University
This site has some visible and IR floaters.
Currently Active Tropical Cyclones from Colorado State University and NOAA
This has some of the same storm imagery as the RAMSDIS page, but also has additional imagery that is storm specific and is a very informative resource.
e-WALL: Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Electronic Map Wall: Tropical Atlantic e-WALL
In the left column of that page you will find several different satellite views, including floaters. Once you select a satellite view, you will then see a new left column with more satellite options, including choosing 8, 16, or 24 image loops.
Satellite and Radar at College of DuPage
This site has excellent 1km visible imagery near the United States. It also has 2km infrared and water vapor imagery near the U.S., as well as great radars.
University of Hawaii at Manoa's Institute for Astronomy's Mauna Kea Weather Center: Tropcial Atlantic
A variety of satellite image views from around the Atlantic basin.
Louisiana State University (LSU) Earth Scan Lab
This site has some interesting IR and water vapor imagery. You may find more storm specific imagery here.
NOAA's National Weather Service - Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
During a satellite eclipse period (schedule) this is one of the only sites that I know of that has satellite data. Know of another? Let me know if you do, because this site only offers satellite imagery near to the US coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, and a limited area of the northern Carib. However, the visible imagery this site offers is very detailed and is very excellent, especially if NRL is not focused on the area you want to look at. This satellite site also usually updates more often than most other sites I have seen, with images sometimes available every 15 minutes or less. The older version of this site is here.
Realtime Satellite Images from GOES
A NOAA site that has a few satellite views using some different IR colored imagery, including visible imagery as well. A floater is also available.
Worldview from NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)
"This tool from NASA's EOSDIS allows you to interactively browse global satellite imagery within hours of it being acquired. Use the features described below to find interesting imagery, then save and share what you find."
Texas Meteorological Satellite Images
"GOES satellite images of and near Texas." It also includes imagery of the Gulf and Atlantic.

Saharan Air Layer (SAL) Analysis

Satellites covering the West Coast of Africa

EUMETSAT Real-Time Imagery for Meteosat 0 degree
You will see a variety of different types of imagery. Also see the left column for more types under "Visualised Products" and "RGB Composites". (Such as Multi-Sensor Precipitation Estimate, every 15 minutes, RGB Composites Airmass, hourly, and Visible Imagery, hourly during daylight.) For a large table view of the options, click on "Latest Images" in the left column.
Meteosat East Atlantic Imagery
This site at NOAA only updates every 3 hours.

More Satellite Imagery

Latest Colorized GOES-EAST Image
This image looks nice. It may not be helpful for much of anything, but it does look nice. Sometimes I like to look at it at night because it makes it look as though it were a visible image. It can make some things clearer. It takes a long time to load. (it's about half of a megabyte)
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission: Hurricane Page
The "Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall."

Latest Atlantic storms...
This is not the type of product that updates real often, but it is interesting to see what the last pass available showed.