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Stories by Alexa Ross

GOES GLM captures lightning activity near Central America

A line of dense convective clouds in the Pacific Ocean, south of Central America, produces lightning. The lightning is being picked up by the GOES Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The storm system sits about 500 km north of the Galapagos Islands and extends eastward to the coast of Colombia.GLM, which... Read More

Wind, Storms, and Gales in Alaska

On February 12, 2024, much of inland Alaska is experiencing warnings for wintery precipitation, while coastal Alaska is under warnings for storms, gales, and heavy freezing spray. Southeastern Alaska is also under a small craft advisory.The low-pressure system associated with this inclement weather is seen easily from the GOES-West imagery.... Read More

Tropical Cyclone Michuang affects Andhra Pradesh

Tropical Cyclone Michuang has formed in the Indian Ocean. Michuang, which means strength or resilience, is situated in the Bay of Bengal on 2023-12-04. Michuang’s center is currently about 48 km from the east coast of the Indian subcontinent. But the bands of the system have already caused major storm... Read More

Assessing fire and smoke in Louisiana with RealEarth

GOES-East fire detection products in RealEarth allow users to assess burning areas across the Continental United States. In the example below, burning appears to be occurring in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. These fire detections in southern Louisiana are picked up by the GOES scene fire detection and by the GOES fire... Read More