#FedFeed – NOAA tracks lightning, storms and the sun’s corona

Welcome to the #FedFeed, a collection of federal ephemera gathered from social media and presented for your enjoyment.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association shared the first images obtained from its new GOES-16 satellite’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper. The lightning mapper tracks individual bursts of lightning in order to determine whether a storm is increasing in strength, and could improve tornado early warning systems.

GOES-16, launched by NASA in November 2016, has proven to be particularly social media friendly. Here are a few more videos from its instruments:

Here, GOES-16’s Solar Ultraviolet Imager examines the sun’s corona.

These vapor images reflect GOES-16’s data on the winter storm that hit the Northeast US in February.

This is the same storm as it moved out over the Atlantic.

And this video uses that same storm to illustrate the differences in detail between the GOES-16’s instruments and the previous generation’s. GOES-16 is on the left.