Practical implications of GOES-8 improved (over GOES-7) observing capabilities for the Imager include: higher quality imagery acquired more frequently, better cloud and hurricane observations, better cloud drift and water vapor winds, detection of fog, enhanced land and sea surface temperature monitoring, improved detection of forest fires and biomass burning and polar viewing capability greatly enhanced. Click for more.
Practical implications of GOES-8 improved (over GOES-7) observing capabilities for the Sounder include: first operational geostationary sounder providing full time coverage (no untimely gaps), improved Sounder imagery, better depiction of changes in atmospheric moisture and stability, hourly clouds to supplement cloud surface reports and regional models, better depiction of boundary layer thermodynamics, higher quality thermal gradient winds, and first ever continuous monitoring of ozone. Click for more.
Environment and Hazards (top)
Fires (with ABBA): Louisiana and Texas on 5 September 2000. More information on this event.
Fires (with ABBA): Western US wildfires, week of 9 June 2002. More information on this event.
Fires: Florida on 19 April 1999, 2215 UTC. More information on this event.
Smoke: Smoke from Central American fires on 6 May 1998, 2245 UTC. More information on atmospheric smoke detection.
Volcanic Ash Clouds: Soufriere Hills, Montserrat on 21 October 1997. More information on volcanic ash detection and this event.
Snow: Lake effect snow band on 11 January 1999, 1745 UTC. Movie: View a Java animation of this event.
Ice: Ice on Lake Erie on 12 February 2003, 1445 UTC. More information on ice detection.
Fog: Northeastern United States, river valley fog on 20 September 1994. Visible image.
(Movie) Severe storms: Tornadic event in Texas on 5 May 2002. More information on this event.
Severe Storms: "Enhanced V" over Nebraska on 21 May 1998. More information on this event.
Hurricanes: Hurricane Mitch, 26 October 1998, 1745 UTC. More information about GOES-8 and this event.
Hurricanes: Colorized image of Hurricane Fran, 4 September 1996, 1715 UTC. More information and imagery on this event.
Hurricanes: Montage of Hurricane Georges. 18-28 September 1998. More information on this event.
Global Images (top)
Full Disk: Earth from GOES-8 (RGB) on 2 September 1994, 1800 UTC. Similar images.
Global: GOES-8 as part of the Global Observing System on 1 April 2003, 0600 UTC. Infrared composite.
Derived Products (top)
Winds: Sounder-derived winds over the United States. Click for Real-Time Wind page.
Ozone: Retrieved ozone product on 8 June 2002, 2300 UTC. More information on retrieved ozone and GOES-8.
Ozone: Total Column Ozone product on 29 September 1999, 1200 UTC. More information on total ozone.
Land Surface (top)
Land Surface Temperature (derived): 6 May 1997, 2230 ETD. More information on Land Surface Temperature.
Heat Islands: Atlanta on 23 August 1995, 1401 UTC. More information on remote sensing of Heat Islands.
Snow Cover: 24-26 October 1997 winter storm. Visible, Movie, and more information on snow cover and low cloud detection.
Space Environment Monitor (top)
Solar X-Ray Sensor: 16 July 2000, 2359 UTC. More information on the XRS.
Solar X-Ray Flux: 1 November 1999. Location on the Earth where solar x-rays are affecting the ionosphere (D-Region). It also indicates the radio frequencies affected and the estimated time until conditions return to normal. These high-frequency radio transmissions are used for ground-to-ground and ground-to-air communications by airlines and the military. More about the D-Region Absorption Product.
Magnetometer: 24 November 2001, 2359 UTC. More information on the Magnetometer.
Data Collection System (top)
Data Collection System: More information on GOES-8 data collection.
Search and Rescue (top)
Search and Rescue: More information on search and rescue with GOES-8.
Shuttle Launches: STS-71 (Atlantis) on 27 June 1995, 1934 UTC. More information on observing shuttle launches.
Select References (top)
101 referred journal articles that deal with GOES-8. The topics are varied and include (but not limited to): calibration, navigation, derived products, fire detection and characterization, satellite-derived winds, numerical modeling, radiation, weather forecasting, SST, severe storms, retrievals, dust, hurricanes, solar environment, clouds, volcanoes, aircraft dissipation trails, clouds, ozone, precipitation, land temperatures and fog.
Related Links (top)
Thank you GOES-8 for almost 8 years of operational service -- June 9, 1995 to April 1, 2003! Thanks also to all those who helped design, research, build, test, operate and implement both the GOES-8 instruments and products. GOES-8 gave a clearer picture of the atmosphere, land, ocean and space.
Acknowledgements: Kris Karnauskas, Tim Schmit