Monday, September 12, 2016   |   Business Intelligence, Company News, Scientific Development

GOES-R Satellite Data, Coming to a Weathercast Near You in 2017

GOES-R has been a major point of discussion at this year’s NWA Annual Meeting, currently ongoing in Norfolk, Virginia. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the data, and how Baron will be supporting GOES-R following the satellite’s November launch. Here are some details I’d like to share with you.

Data that will be available

We plan to initially deploy Cloud & Moisture imagery from the GOES-R ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager), as well as Lightning Detection and Alerting from the GLM (Geostationary Lightning Mapper).

  • ABI Cloud & Moisture imagery will be available from the satellite beginning in early 2017. Both visible and infrared satellite data will be available, ranging from full-disk updates every 15 minutes and CONUS every 5 minutes, to mesoscale regions every 30 seconds. Resolution will range from 2 km IR full-disk to as high as ½ km visible in the mesoscale regions.
  • Beginning in mid-2017, real-time lightning data from the GLM will enhance our lightning detection/alerting capabilities for the western hemisphere. Following a period of R&D, GLM data will also be used for the creation of severe weather products.

In the future, we will be supporting additional GOES-R data products, and will have more to share in 2017.

Here’s a preliminary look at how GOES-R Rapid-Scan Visible Satellite Imagery can be visualized in Lynx, produced as a test and distributed to customers, using the in-orbit GOES-14 satellite during the supported Rapid Scan period.


How you will receive the GOES-R data

GOES-R data will be provided to you with the same always-on, continuous delivery method as your other Baron data products.

Compatible displays

Baron Lynx, as well as the legacy Omni display, will support GOES-R data.


The first GOES-R data products are expected to be available for private use in the first part of next year. Here at Baron, we’re looking forward to working with its more advanced capabilities just as much as you’re anticipating taking it to air. So when the first data begins coming down, your Baron display will be ready.


Steve Bray
Director of Broadcast Meteorology