GOES-13: Full Disk Images at 30-Minute Intervals

December 10th, 2006 |

GOES-13 full disk water vapor image
As a part of the GOES-13 post-launch NOAA Science Test, the satellite provided continuous “full disk” images every 30 minutes for 2 consecutive days (09-10 December 2006); the current operational GOES full disk imaging interval is only once every 3 hours, but the Advanced Baseline Imager on GOES-R will provide full disk scans every 15 minutes. GOES-13 6.5µm “water vapor channel” imagery (above) showed cloudiness as well as non-cloudy water vapor circulations within the middle troposphere (Java animation), while the visible channel (below) provided a view of cloud features during the daylight hours (Java animation).
GOES-13 full disk visible image