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Severe weather and water events have an enormous impact on our nation’s economy. To reduce the economic impact of these events, we are enhancing our prediction capabilities through better data gathering and modeling technology.

How to Watch the Launch of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite Today

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new GOES-S weather satellite is expected to launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:02 pm ET tonight. NASA TV will livestream the launch of GOES-S beginning at 4:30 pm ET. WATCH: NASA TV’s livestream of the GOES-S satellite launch. GOES-S will help the Department of Commerce achieve our 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan’s objective...

GOES-S Satellite Launch Set for March 1: Five Reasons Why it Will be a Game Changer for Weather Forecasts

On March 1, 2018, NOAA’s newest geostationary satellite will launch into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. GOES-S (which will become GOES-17 once it reaches its final orbit) will significantly enhance weather forecasting capabilities across the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii and provide critical data and imagery of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean extending all the way to New...

Supporting America’s Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

At the Department of Commerce, we’re committed to partnering with communities who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Since the initiation of disaster response efforts prior to landfall in August and September, the Department has been leveraging the strategic guidance and technical expertise available through our many diverse bureaus to serve the recovery...

Be Prepared and Stay Safe During Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is a potentially catastrophic hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall to parts of the Caribbean – including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – as well as the Florida Keys, portions of Southern Florida and the Florida Peninsula. Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the September 9 – 10 weekend. Take preparation actions now,...

Hurricane Harvey: Stay Safe with These NOAA and FEMA Resources

Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic flooding to Texas and Louisiana this week. Please heed the advice of local emergency management officials and refer to your local weather forecast at www.weather.gov . Safety tips and resources: Check your local forecast for updates, and abide by instructions from local authorities to protect life and property Take preparation actions now, and be sure you know...

NOAA Corps – A Long History of Service to the Nation

In connection with American Heroes Week (July 24 – 28, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight its own American heroes and the important role Commerce agencies play in serving and protecting American communities. Did you know the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a corps of commissioned officers, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States...

The Critical Role of Hurricane Hunters in Protecting American Communities

In connection with American Heroes Week (July 24 – 28, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight its own American heroes and the important role Commerce agencies play in serving and protecting American communities. On board NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft, there are no small jobs. Each member of the crew plays a critical role in ensuring the safe operation of the aircraft and the...

NOAA Data Helps Retail and Manufacturing Business Minimize Impacts from Weather and Climate

The following is a cross-post from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information From making sure warm winter coats are in stock at just the right time to accurately evaluating the underlying causes of fluctuations in the U.S. economy, NCEI’s environmental data provide critical information for retailers, manufacturers, and the companies that invest in them. As industries that are highly...

NOAA’s GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images of Earth: Higher-Resolution Details will Lead to More Accurate Forecasts

Since the GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on November 19, scientists, meteorologists and ordinary weather enthusiasts have anxiously waited for the first photos from NOAA’s newest weather satellite, GOES-16, formerly GOES-R. Earlier this week, the first images were released. NOAA’s GOES-16, situated in geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above Earth, will boost the nation’s weather...