Ten Years of Weather in Three Minutes
On August 19, NOAA retired the GOES-12 satellite. It will be pushed outward from its geostationary orbit and powered down, resigned to eternity tens of thousands of miles above Earth. It is survived by its orbital amigos GOES-13, 14 and 15, all keeping an eye on our home so that we may learn more about how it ticks. And swirls. And burns. And erupts. And gusts. And rains.
Here is ten years of GOES-12 imagery in three minutes. Our most violent hurricanes, from Katrina to Sandy, become blips of white. The most frigid of polar storms are just momentary streaks. So big to us, so small to Earth.
It reminds me how dynamic our earth and atmosphere really is, and although we may sometimes cower to its force, at least we’ve got a good view of the action from space.