Rick Kohrs

“High Noon From Geostationary Orbit”

From 22,000 miles above the Earth, geostationary satellites now provide scientists the opportunity to create stunning natural color images of global weather patterns. This global composite combines data from over 250 images covering a 24-hour period. Small slices of local noon data are collected from five geostationary satellites including one from Japan, two from the United States, and two from Europe, and stitched together to create an image depicting local noon for a single day.

A year-long animation shows how the seasons change, large storms moving across regions of the Earth and even hurricanes that span many days.

Kohrs works in Satellite Data Services at UW-Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center

View the image “High Noon From Geostationary Orbit” at this link, and view the animation at this link.