Fifty years ago NASA launched TIROS-1, the first US weather satellite

By: 53rdWeatherRECON, 12:43 PM GMT on June 08, 2010

Every once in a while it's nice to take a step back from weather analysis and appreciate the technologies that make it possible. On May 20, 2010 NASA went back in time with new video of the first U.S. Weather Satellite. The Television Infrared Observation Satellite, known as TIROS-1, was the world's first weather satellite. Fifty years ago in 1960 it lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting. Now, a television ...

El Nino is baaaack!!!!!!!

By: 53rdWeatherRECON, 7:38 PM GMT on September 13, 2006

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER National Weather CenterEL NIŅO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION issued by CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP September 13, 2006 Weekly ENSO Update (PDF, PPT) - updated Mondays Synopsis: El Niņo conditions have developed and are likely to continue into early 2007. By early September equatorial SST anomalies greater than +0.5ēC were observed in most of the equatorial Pacific, with anomalies exceeding +1.0ēC in the central P...

NEW - GOES-N aka. GOES-13 (description of new functions)

By: 53rdWeatherRECON, 7:19 PM GMT on May 25, 2006

Some key points for the GOES N,O,P- The power subsystem has been improved with the use of a single panel solar array that contains high-efficiency dual-junction gallium-arsenide solar cells. A nickel- hydrogen battery is provided to permit the satellites to operate during the eclipse periods.- A new Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI) has been developed by the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center to permit the observation and collection of solar data products. - The Sate...

Updated: 8:16 PM GMT on May 25, 2006

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