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Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) circle the Earth in a geosynchronous orbit over the Equator. This means they observe the Earth from the exact same vantage point all the time. This allows the GOES satellites to continuously monitor a single position on the Earth’s surface from 35,800 kilometers (22,300 miles) above the planet. Currently, GOES satellites provide half-hourly observations of the Americas and their surrounding environment.



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Chen W, R Pinker, Y Ma, G Hulley, E Borbas, T Islam, K Cawse-Nicholson, S Hook, C Hain, and J Basara. 2021. "Land Surface Temperature from GOES-East and GOES-West." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 38(4), 10.1175/JTECH-D-20-0086.1.

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Mecikalski J, T Sandmæl, E Murillo, C Homeyer, K Bedka, J Apke, and C Jewett. 2021. "Random Forest Model to Assess Predictor Importance and Nowcast Severe Storms using High-Resolution Radar–GOES Satellite–Lightning Observations." Monthly Weather Review, 149(6), 10.1175/MWR-D-19-0274.1.

Anselmo E, L Machado, C Schumacher, and G Kiladis. 2021. "Amazonian mesoscale convective systems: Life cycle and propagation characteristics." International Journal of Climatology, , 10.1002/joc.7053. ONLINE.


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Li Z, MC Cribb, F Chang, AP Trishchenko, and Y Luo. 2005. "Natural variability and sampling errors in solar radiation measurements for model validation over the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Southern Great Plains region." Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 110(D15), D15519, 10.1029/2004jd005028.


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