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This photo provided by United Launch Alliance shows a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying GOES-R spacecraft for NASA and NOAA lifting off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:42 p.m. EST at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives. (United Launch Alliance via AP)

A new satellite might improve the accuracy of your weather forecast


A new satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday will likely make future weather forecasts more accurate. 

The GOES-R satellite, which was launched atop an Atlas V 541 rocket, is one of three being built to replace older weather satellites, CNN reports

Once  GOES-R is 22,300 miles above Earth and reaches orbit, it will be known as GOES-16, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

"GOES-R’s instruments will be capable of scanning the planet five times faster and with four times more resolution than any other satellite in our fleet," Kathryn Sullivan, a NOAA administrator, said in a statement. "With these new instruments and powerful new capabilities, GOES-R will strengthen NOAA’s ability to issue life-saving forecasts and warnings and make the United States an even stronger, more resilient Weather-Ready Nation.”

GOES-R will deliver high-resolution satellite imagery as often as every 30 seconds, according to NOAA. 

This improvement will help give forecasters and those in emergency management a more detailed look at storms. 

In a statement, NOAA noted that GOES-R is flying six new instruments, including the first operational lightning mapper, which can help meteorologists determine whether a storm is strengthening or weakening.  That means improved lead times for severe storm warnings. 

“GOES-R will significantly improve the ability of emergency managers across America to prepare for, and respond to, weather-related disasters," Craig Fugate, a FEMA administrator, said in a statement. "Better situational awareness will result in better outcomes -- from where to best position resources ahead of a storm to delivering more targeted information to local officials to decide if an evacuation is necessary."

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