At 1645 UTC on 6 June, an Electronics Side Swap occurred for GOES-12 to mitigate the effects of Cycle Slips that were occurring around 0800-1300 UTC each day (See this link for an explanation). No Cycle Slips occurred in the GOES-12 imager data on 7 June; as a result, the images are much cleaner. The image above shows an enhanced 10.7 Âµm image from June 4 2012 using the Side 1 electronics, which side was plagued by cycle slips, and from June 7 2012 using the Side 2 electronics, which show no cycle slips.
The Cycle Slips affected all bands. Click the image above to see the improvement across all bands between 0945 UTC on 4 June and 0945 UTC on 7 June. Note that there will be slight differences for a given input radiance in the computed brightness temperature for each band for the Side 2 Planck conversion coefficients versus the Side 1 Planck conversion coefficients. Those differences are, for Band 2, 0.0001K for both detectors; for Band 3, -0.0001 K for detector ‘a’, 0.0631 K for detector ‘b’; for Band 4, -0.0001 K for both detectors and for Band 6, 0.0119 K. These differences are much smaller than the instrument noise.
Real-time imagery of GOES-South America imager and sounder data are available here.