Ahead of the Storm, New satellite expected to improve forecasting

(KNOE 8 Weather) - Heavy rain, and high winds.

From the March 2016 flooding to the latest round of Tornadoes
severe weather has people on edge.

But Scientists from the National Weather Service as well as NASA are trying to ease concern.

"This is going to improve our forecasting."

With the launch of a new weather satellite called GOES-16. Which some call weathers most advanced eye in the sky.

You could say it's like a new pair of eyes because meteorologists will soon be able to clearly monitor cloud movement and changes in our weather pattern better and faster than ever before.

"We're going to be getting higher resolution imagery, we're going to be getting it more often," Said Cynthia Palmer, a Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Shreveport.

In severe weather current satellite's show images about 10 minutes apart, which means by the time we get the data it's outdated.This satellite would bring in new information every 30 seconds.

Michael Stringer, who is the Satellites System Program Director explains it like going from black and white TV to full-color HD.

"This is like watching the weather now where with the previous systems it was like seeing what has happened and what will be happening."

"it can tell radar meteorologist for one thing how rapidly a storm is intensifying," Said Michael Berry, a Senior Forecaster at the National Weather Service.

One way to do that is by analyzing lightning within the storm.

"There are studies out there that show that the rate of your lightning increasing translate to how severe or the potential for severe weather."

"This right here is a satellite image from outer space of a thunderstorm, these individual flashes are lightning strikes. we can now see lightning better now than ever before and if we see lightning more rapidly, that is an indication of a strengthening thunderstorm."

"The fact that we're going to be looking at more imagery more often will allow us to see things sooner and issue warnings earlier."

Better information getting to you faster is never more important than when every second counts.



 
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