[Weather Satellites] [NOAA System] [Examples]

Weather Satellites

This satellite is called TIROS (Television Infrared Observational Satelite). It records weather patterns around the world. Many countries use TIROS data to forecast weather, track storms, and do scientific research.


NOAA System

TIROS is part of a system of weather satellites operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There are two TIROS satellites circling Earth over the poles. They work with another set of satellites in geosynchronous orbit called Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES). Using this group of satellites, meteorologists study weather and climate patterns around the world.

To see examples of what weather satellites do, click on the pictures below.






Weather satellites have many instruments. You're familiar with pictures of cloud formations taken by weather satellite cameras-you see them on TV news. But there are other instruments that measure temperature, moisture, and solar radiation in the atmosphere. There are even sensors that can help in search and rescue operations.


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