Image from GOES-R weather satellite (NOAA)

Satellite weather data posted to cloud

Provisional data from the newest weather satellite is available in the cloud.

In November 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched the GOES-R satellite. Its data will be used in 34 new or improved meteorological, solar and space weather products that support climate analysis, weather forecasting for agriculture and the airlines and environmental management.

Described as one of the most sophisticated Earth-observing platforms ever devised, "GOES-R’s instruments will be capable of scanning the planet five times faster and with four times more resolution than any other satellite in our fleet," said NOAA's then-Administrator Kathryn Sullivan at the time of launch.

Currently, GOES-16 data is at provisional status because it is still undergoing validation testing, which is expected to last until November 2017. However, some of the real-time and historical data is available in the NOAA-GOES 16 Amazon S3 bucket in S3's US-East-1 region and the Open Cloud Consortium Environmental Data Commons.

The availability of GOES-R data in the cloud is the result of the NOAA Big Data Project, a 2015 initiative that established alliances with the major cloud providers to make NOAA data available in a rapid, scalable manner to the public.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA from West Chester University and an MA in English from the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at smiller@gcn.com or @sjaymiller.

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