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GOES-East Satellite Imagery Update

On Thursday, December 14th, NOAA has turned off the current GOES-13 (East) weather satellite and replaced it with the more advanced GOES-16 (GOES-R) satellite. Users will see a gap in the satellite imagery as Unisys works to release an update to the visualization software used to make the satellite images and loops. We hope to have that online by Friday, December 15th.

We are aware that the new GOES-16 imagery has issues with plotting on the sat/sfc map, as well as the composites of East/West on some of the hemispheric images (currently they show GOES-16 only, and do not cover Alaska and most of the Pacific due to GOES-16′s location). We are working to resolve the issue.

NOAA GOES-East (GOES-13) Anomaly

NOAA is experiencing a significant anomaly with the GOES-East (GOES-13) imager and sounder. Sounder imagery stopped as of 9/23 1126 UTC, imager stopped as of 9/23 2122 UTC. GOES-West (GOES-15) has been placed in 30-minute Full Disk mode to cover the outage. In addition, NOAA is transmitting GOES-West (GOES-15) GVAR through the GOES-East (GOES-13) downlink. Unisys NOAAPORT and satellite data customers will see data from GOES-West until further notice. Effects include reduced coverage of the Atlantic Ocean and colder cloud tops off of the Eastern US (due to low scanning angle from GOES-West). Updates from NOAA can be found at: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/SATS/messages.html or on NOAAPORT under WMO headers NOUS71 KNES

GOES-15 (GOES-West) Outage

The National Weather Service announced that it was experiencing a GOES-15 outage as of 20:45 UTC on March 21, 2012. They have been attempting to recover the satellite since that time, and the recovery operation is ongoing. The current ETA for resumption of service is no earlier that 16:00 UTC on March 23, 2012.

NOAA has switched NOAAPORT processing to GOES-East. Therefore, until the recovery of GOES-West, all NOAAPORT satellite images (with the exception of Hawaii) will be made using GOES-East data, every 30 minutes.

For more information about the outage and a list of the products affected, please see the following link: