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MONDAY NOVEMBER 20 - OPERATIONAL SIGNIFICANT EVENT IMAGERY
When the first U.S. weather satellite was launched in 1960, the goal was very simple:
help forecasters see the general cloud patterns.
The images were grainy and the
resolution wasn't very good. These days, satellites can see much clearer and much
more than just the clouds.
Volcanic eruptions, icebergs, wildfires, flooding, dust storms - these are just a
few of the high-profile environmental events being tracked by the Operational Significant
Event Imagery team, a group of satellite specialists that work for NOAA, the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Each day, this team produces high-resolution,
colorful, detailed images of important environmental events worldwide by blending satellite
information from a variety of sensors on a variety of satellites. Better yet, they put
these images on the web. Check them out at
Tomorrow night I'll show you some of their best stuff.