NOAA releases first images of Earth from GOES-16 weather satellite
Dust Off the Coast of Africa - The Saharan Dust Layer can be discerned in the far right edge of this image of Earth taken on January 15, 2017. This dry air from the coast of Africa can have impacts on tropical cyclone intensity and formation. GOES-16's ability to observe this phenomenon with its 16 spectral channels will enable forecasters to study related hurricane intensification as storms approach North America. These additional channels will also enable forecasters to differentiate between clouds from dust, or snow from clouds. NOAA/UPI
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