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March-April 2017

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Weather Front

Eye in the Sky: Advanced Weather Satellite Now Orbiting Earth

Now in position 22,300 miles above earth is the sharpest eye ever to monitor the Western Hemisphere's weather.

The GOES-16 satellite reached geostationary orbit on November 29, 2016, having been launched into space 10 days earlier atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This marks the first deployment of a spacecraft from the new GOES-R series, which is the fourth generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites.       

MIKE BRANOM's interest in weather began in 2004 when Hurricane Charley rolled through Central Florida, where he was working as a reporter. He now lives in Pasadena, California where he eagerly awaits an opportunity to go atmospheric river-rafting.       

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