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GOES-East (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.

Site Thumbnail - NOAA NESDIS' Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR)

This is the new site to view data from GOES-East on. The old site, which was here, does not currently have data from GOES-East since GOES-16 became GOES-East. It's unclear if the imagery will eventually return to that site if they update the site to be able to have imagery from GOES-16. (View more about the old site later on this page.) The new site does not have overlays or storm floaters. Imagery is also no longer in the Mercator projection and there is no option to view the latitude and longitude.

All 16 spectral bands can be viewed. The viewer allows you to loop imagery. GeoColor is also available. In addition to "Full Disk" and "CONUS" views, you can choose regional views. Some of the regions include the "Southeast", "Southern Mississippi Valley", "Southern Plains" and "Northeast". There are also wider regional views for the "Gulf of Mexico", "Caribbean", "U.S. Atlantic Coast", "Puerto Rico" and "Tropical Atlantic - wide view". The "Full Disk" and "Tropical Atlantic - wide view" imagery is updated every 15 minutes, while the other imagery is updated every 5 minutes. The two mesoscale sectors are also available. When available, they are updated every minute.
Site Thumbnail - RAMMB/CIRA SLIDER

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 (EUMETSAT), RGB Air Mass (EUMETSAT), 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 in this section. 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-East imagery, click the "All" tab in the left column. Look for the folders that have names that start with "GOES East". ("GOES East ConUS", "GOES East Full Disk", "GOES East Meso 1", "GOES East Meso 2") Each folder has around 20 or more overlays for the various spectral bands and additional enhancements. As of updating this page, the "Geostationary Lightning Mapper" is at the bottom of the "GOES East Full Disk" folder and the overlay is named "GOES East GLM Full Disk Group Density".

An additional GOES-East viewer exists here on their site. It only has B&W imagery for each of the 16 spectral bands. Imagery is available for Full Disk, Continental US and both mesoscale sectors. (As of updating this page, the mesoscale sectors are marked as experimental.) 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.

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. For "Continental US" and "Global Imagery" you can view a variety of layers such as Visible, Infrared 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. View more data here at the Science & Engineering Center.
Site Thumbnail - College of DuPage

All 16 spectral bands can be viewed for "Global", "Continental", "Regional", "Sub-Regional", "Localized" and "Mesoscale Floater" sectors. You can view an image loop from 6 to 200 frames. In addition to each of the 16 ABI bands there are also "RGB Color Products" that include "True-Color", "Airmass", "Natural-Color", "NT Microphysics" and "Day Cloud Phase". In the top left corner of the imagery you can click the small globe icon to add various mapping and data overlays for most of the sectors. The data overlays include "Composite Radar", "CAPE", "CINH" (convective inhibition), "Dewpoint", "Wind Gusts", "Moisture Divergence", "Mean Sea Level Pressure", "Pressure Falls", "Station Plots", "Supercell Composite", "Streamlines", "Temperature", "Theta-E", "Theta", "Vorticity", "Wind Vectors", "Watches & Warnings" and "GOES16 GLM Flashes". While you can't zoom in, the imagery scales to the size of your browser window. For closeup imagery, view "Localized Sectors" and select the area you want to focus on.
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, Puerto Rico and South America.
Site Thumbnail - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

As of updating this page, there are six spectral bands available for GOES-East imagery: Red Visible (band 2), Snow/Ice Near-Infrared (band 5), Shortwave Infrared (band 7), Upper-Level Water Vapor (band 8), Clean Longwave Infrared (band 13) and Longwave Infrared (band 14). Each is available for the Full Disk and CONUS. There are therefore twelve 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 two to three zoom levels available, depending on the band and/or sector you are viewing, 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. For GOES-East, CONUS imagery is updated every 5 minutes and the "Full Disk" imagery every 15 minutes. For GOES-West, imagery over the Pacific Ocean is updated every 15 minutes and "Full Disk" imagery every three hours. 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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Tropical Atlantic Overlays - This product is outdated and will be updated in the future.

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: 2.00 (May 23rd, 2018) - Added new imagery for GOES-East.

Satellite Imagery from NOAA's Satellite Products and Services Division

  • Atlantic and Caribbean Tropical Satellite Imagery from NOAA's Satellite Products and Services Division
    No longer available for GOES-East.
    A wide variety of views and satellite enhancements have historically made this one of the best places to view satellite imagery. Now that GOES-16 has become GOES-East, the GOES-East imagery on this site is no longer available. A message states: "This NOAA site will no longer provide GOES-East imagery. For access to high resolution GOES-East imagery from GOES-16, please go to the site: https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES/index.php. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience." Polar microwave imagery is still available. East Atlantic and Northeast Atlantic imagery from Meteosat-9 remains available, with the same enhancements they have always had. Pacific imagery is also still available here, perhaps until a new satellite replaces GOES-West. It's unclear whether the site will eventually be updated for the new imagery from the GOES-R series of satellites.

    Because this site does not currently have imagery from GOES-East, other areas of the site that had GOES-East data are also unavailable. The GOES East Satellite Imagery page now redirects to the site that currently has data. The GOES West Satellite Imagery page is still available. You could previously view satellite imagery zoomed in over any specific Weather Forecast Office here for GOES-East. That link also redirects. You can still view it for GOES-West here.

    The National Hurricane Center used to also link to this imagery here. The site says this at the top: "The GOES-16 Satellite is now officially GOES-East. As a result, many of the webpages designed for the retired GOES-13 satellite are not currently available, including floater imagery and Atlantic tropical sectors. Please be patient while this transition occurs." They still link to the Pacific imagery. For Atlantic imagery, they link to the new site.

    Satellite floaters for the Atlantic, with closeup images of current storms, are also unavailable on the Storm Floaters page. Imagery from other basins is available.

Additional Satellite Imagery

Saharan Air Layer (SAL) Analysis

Satellites covering the West Coast of Africa

Other Information

  • GOES Eclipse Schedules
    "During eclipse season with the GOES-R satellite series, stray light contamination is visible approximately 45 minutes before and after satellite local midnight (~0500 UTC for GOES-East) which is approximately 45 days before and after the vernal and autumnal equinox, in the form of a vertical beam of light that is more intense at the end closer to the Sun. Stray light contamination is often prominent in the images of visible and near infrared bands (bands 1-6), although it can also be discerned in band 7 images. This is a normal occurrence for the ABI." For the GOES-West eclipse schedule, visit the link to find out when imagery is not available.