Long-term Earth weather forecast: clearer satellite views ahead

This weekend, NASA is set to launch the GOES-R weather satellite, the first in a new generation of meteorological satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) capable of surveying the entire Western Hemisphere in just five minutes.

Designed to function for 15 years, the satellite will improve long-term weather forecasting, monitor space weather conditions, and provide data to a variety of scientists on the interactions between land, ocean, atmosphere, and climate. While NASA had to reschedule the launch when Hurricane Matthew damaged the launch site, GOES-R is scheduled to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Saturday at 5:42 p.m.

It’s a big deal,” said Fred Johnson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Melbourne, Fla., told USA Today. “It’s a big upgrade from what we’ve had in the past. This should save lives and property.” READ MORE.