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Archive: Mar 2021

Satellite signature of the Falcon 9 re-entry

The Falcon 9 rocket that was launched on 4 March did not achieve orbit and re-entered the atmosphere on 26 March at just before 0400 UTC (Correction:  Falcon 9 achieved orbit.  What did not occur as planned was the 2nd stage de-orbit burn  The low orbit of the 2nd stage... Read More

Severe weather across the Deep South and Mid-South

1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) images (below) include time-matched plots of SPC Storm Reports that were produced by a number of supercell thunderstorms that developed and moved across the Deep South and Mid-South on 25 March 2021. The highest concentration of tornadoes occurred in Alabama, including one that was responsible for multiple fatalities... Read More

Stratus and fog along the US East Coast

GOES-16 (GOES-East) nighttime Cloud Thickness and daytime “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) displayed a narrow band of marine stratus/fog that was moving southward along the East Coast of the US on 23 March 2021. Plots of Ceiling and Visibility showed that some sites along the coasts of New York, New... Read More