GOES Satellite Out of Service…Anyone Have a Spare?

North America is served by two weather observing geosynchronous satellites.  That big word means they orbit the earth at the exact same “rate” as the rotation of the earth.  So if you could see them from the ground (you can’t, they are 22,000 miles up!), they would appear to sit in the same spot 24 hours a day.  Thus we get a constant view of cloud cover and other data.  You can see the view from the satellites in the image above.  One is usually located off the West Coast (GOES-WEST or #12) and one along the East Coast (GOES-EAST or #13).  That 2nd one suddenly went out of service this morning and was put into some sort of “safe mode”.  Luckily it didn’t affect us here on the west coast because our satellite is working just fine.  And, luckily, there has been a spare GOES satellite sitting over the middle of the country.  NOAA engineers just announced that it’s now in service.  That little guy has been sitting out in space for a few years waiting for his big moment and it’s here!   Here’s the note I got from our data provider, WSI, this afternoon:


 NESDIS/NOAA Engineers have switched satellite ingest to GOES-14.  GOES-13 (EAST) remains out of service pending more investigation.  GOES-14 is centered at 105 degrees west longitude so satellite coverage will be limited over the central and eastern Atlantic Ocean, but coverage over the CONUS will be complete.  WSI will update this message if/when GOES-13 returns to service.

You can see the location of the standby satellite on the image below:

By the way, GOES-14 (the spare) is not one of the new GOES-R satellites.  Those get launched in 3-4 years.  They have far higher resolution, lightning detectors, and some other new toys.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

28 Responses to GOES Satellite Out of Service…Anyone Have a Spare?

  1. Garron near Washington Square says:

    Maybe an EMP or aliens knocked out that sat? Maybe the Mayans did it???? WHAT DOES IT MEAN!?!?!?!?!

  2. josh says:

    i am just going to take a guess and say that 80s are over for Seattle may come close but don’t think we will cross it latest 80 degree day is October 15th i think at least around my house leaves starting to really get effected by the little amount of daylight here is a site you can see only a few days after the equinox and there is already visible less light then the southern hemisphere


  3. bgb41 says:

    9/24/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:84 at Rye Valley(I-84(2230 ft) & BULLY CREEK RESE(2500 ft)
    Low: 61 at RED MOUND(1753 ft)

    High:50 at HOWARD Mt Howard(8150 ft) & ALAKES Haines(7979 ft)
    Low: 25 at Sand Creek (US 9 (4525 ft ) & Mazama (4590 ft ) & KLAMATH NWR (4531 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 49 degrees
    CABIN LAKE (76/27 ) (4560 ft )
    KLAMATH NWR (74/25) (4531 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.05″ at Baker City Munic(3373ft)

  4. Mr Data says:

    As long as it clears the crap out of the *filtered* sunshine since Farmer Joe and his buddies are stirring up the dust like crazy.

    Especially to the south.

  5. bullmountain500 says:

    I was just wondering what type of winter we will have? I thought we were going to have an el nino, but im not sure. I hope its not an el nino, i would like a decent snow this winter.

  6. josh says:

    im sorry for all who is enjoying the nice weather i could do with out the rain for awhile longer but please send some frost or a nice breezy day asap its been dull ville for quit some time

    • Mr Data says:

      We need the rain to kill the dry grass making everybody sneeze and the visibility is left to be desired when seen from the foothills.

  7. W7ENK says:

    Like I said last night, maybe we can get a favorable pattern like that to lock in this winter as opposed to the crappy crap we had locked in the last two??? 😀

    Although, consider the source here…

  8. alohabb says:

    So we are headed to the end of the world!!!!!

  9. W7ENK says:

    Man, they’re sure being hit hard back East!

  10. W7ENK says:

    Oops! I guess they can’t last forever… 😦

  11. josh says:

    here is a new update from the weather channel about the upcoming months i sure hope there right but i want put my money on it


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