The USA has put space the world's most advanced and powerful weather satellite. Scientists say it will revolutionize how we predict the weather and how we look weather events. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said its $1 billion Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) will take weather photographs five times faster than other satellites, and four times higher image quality. The NOAA said: " a doubt, GOES-R will revolutionize weather forecasting as we know it." A weather forecaster said the difference the speed and quality the satellite's images is like the difference old black and white TV pictures and today's HD televisions.
The new satellite will give us powerful, real-time images and information. These will make the world a safer place. Airline pilots will receive better data to stay away turbulence. The satellite will be able to zoom on severe weather events to get much more detailed and accurate pictures. This will help emergency services to warn people more quickly and reduce the costs to human life and property. People will have better information hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, and wildfires. A scientist the NOAA said: "It will give the weather as it's looking now rather than the weather that happened 15 to 30 minutes ago." The NOAA said weather forecasters couldn't wait to use it.