GOES-16 is a game changer for forecasters. The improved resolution, faster coverage and increased number of spectral channels available from the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) allow for “nowcasting” of severe storms and discernment of atmospheric features not available with the previous GOES imager. The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), the first operational lightning mapper flown in geostationary orbit, will deliver further benefit for severe storm forecasting. Total lightning (in-cloud and cloud-to-ground) data from GLM, used in combination with radar, ABI data, and surface observations, has great potential to increase lead time for severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings and reduce false alarm rates. GOES-16 also hosts a suite of instruments that provide significantly improved detection of approaching space weather hazards.
This presentation will provide an operational GOES-16 status including provisional data validation and release, imagery and data usage in operational forecasts. It also includes an update on preparations for the upcoming launch of GOES-S as well as the latest on GOES-T and GOES-U development.