And we have lift off! NOAA's newest polar-orbiting satellite, #JPSS1, was launched at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The advanced instruments aboard this satellite will improve weather forecasting, such as predicting a hurricane’s track, and aid in the recognition of climate patterns that can influence the weather, including El Nino and La Nina. They will also help emergency managers respond to events like wildfires and volcanic eruptions and help communities, recovering from severe storms, with better views of storm damage and show the extent of power outages. Data from this satellite will also be available to aid scientists monitor changes in our environment.
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