5 Things that Changed Weather Forecasting Forever

  • Released Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Updated Monday, February 6, 2023 at 9:54AM
  • ID: 13685

Our ability to predict the weather, though still imperfect, would astound our ancestors. And decades of improvements in weather satellite technology, driven by teams of fiercely dedicated scientists and engineers, have made that possible.In this video, we talk to some of the pioneers in the field who were behind advances in that technology, advances that now inform our planning and daily commutes, but also farming, construction projects, military strategy, disaster response and travel by air and sea. We also talk to scientists who are working on today’s weather satellites and instruments, like those in the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series.This video tells the story of our nation’s weather satellites by highlighting some of the paradigm-shifting moments that shaped their rich history.

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