METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. They remain at a fixed point above
the earth because they are rotating at the same rate the Earth is. There is a fixed point in
space this can be accomplished and it is at an altitude of 21,000 miles above the earth's surface
and above the equator. These satellites give us much of the satellite weather data we use in
operational meteorology. Since they are at a fixed point above the earth we can see how the
clouds change over time. A new image is available approximately every half hour. Below are links
to the two GOES that are in operation to serve the Western Hemisphere.
Information below posted in year 2008:
Here is the current view of GOES East-12 IR
Here is a current view of GOES West-11 IR
GOES-10 is being used as a backup to GOES East since this position is critical in
monitoring hurricanes and United States weather.