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Introducing GOES 16

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That's the sound of meteorological history being made back in November of 2016.

A blast of the rocket boosters and the launch of the GOES  16 weather satellite promises an improved view of whats going on in our atmosphere.

"GOES 16 is like GOES from standard definition to high definition," said Line

Meteorologist Bill Line, with the National Weather Service, has been working with the data GOES 16 has been sending back. He is excited and astounded by what he sees.

"We can get images every 30 seconds, which will greatly enhance our ability to really dig deeper and analyze thunderstorms...and in particular thunderstorms as they are developing," said Line.

GOES 16 is a revolution in high resolution satellite imagery, and this spells good news when it comes to forecasting hurricanes.

"Its a real visual for the viewer, because they can see just how intense these tropical cyclones can get," said Line.

The new GOES 16 lightning mapper feature will help meteorologists determine a storms strength.

"By having total lightning detection capabilities over the seas, forecasters will be able to closely monitor intensity changes in tropical cyclones, which will be important as they move onshore," said Line.

Intensity forecasting of storms will improve with the GOES 16 satellite. 

"The most helpful aspect in terms of tropical forecasting will be identifying the low level circulations and center fixing,"said Line

Better center fixing means --we here in the weather center---can predict the path of a tropical cyclone, which should improve evacuation times

"It really will revolutionize weather forecasting in the United States."

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