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NOAA’s Newest Satellite Will Soon Deliver Hi-Res Weather Porn

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Or maybe you used to feel electric discussing things like warm fronts and lightning strikes, but lately your weather conversations lack, shall we say, thermal convection.

But talking about the weather is just like other interpersonal activities: You can spice it up by looking at nice pictures.

It is called GOES-R, and comes equipped with a 16 channel multispectral imager capable of delivering the hottest, high-resolution cloud-on-cloud action.

Since 1975, the US has kept a trio of weather satellites in geostationary orbit—22,3000 miles up.

The cast gets rotated as technology improves, but one is always parked over the west side of the country, another over the east, and a third between the other two as backup.

But, courtesy of the Japanese Meteorological Administration, you can get a sneak peep show.

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