GOES 13 looks at Hurricane Sandy

After being down for maintenance since Sept 17,  GOES 13 is back in service.  Which is good because my AppleScript more or less broke while it was down.  “The trouble stemmed from a motor vibration, which caused a lubricant buildup that obstructed the spinning motion of the filter wheel in the sounder. A team of engineers from NOAA, Boeing and ITT suppressed the vibration, the filter wheel restarted and is running smoothly, with improved performance. ” (http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/)

Here’s today’s view of Hurricane Sandy, which is just now clobbering the East coast. It’s from the Visualization Lab, and has a floating URL that will be something else tomorrow.

Here’s the output of the AppleScript:

GOES ECIR Satellite of Hurricane Isaac Development

Using an AppleScript, the individual images were collected from NOAA’s archive site, and made into a movie with QuickTime Player 7.  The coverage is from 8/05/2012 to 09/05/2012, showing the development of Hurricane Isaac.  The images are from the IR (infra-red) band of the GOES, which permits 24 hour coverage.