BC Satellite Weather Image

This image below shows the emission from the infrared portion of the solar spectrum. The geostationary (GOES) satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. They circle the Earth in a geosynchronous orbit, which means they orbit the equatorial plane of the Earth at a speed matching the Earth's rotation. This allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface. Because they stay above a fixed spot on the surface, they provide a constant view of the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms, and hurricanes.

The GOES satellites provide information on clouds and moisture as visible or infrared (IR) imagery. BC Weather forecasts by city

Bright areas represent cold high cloud tops. Dark areas represent warm ground and ocean surfaces. These images are color coded to enhance high cloud tops.