The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 12, operated by NOAA, was officially decommissioned today. The satellite’s initial purpose was to be a spare in case any of the other GOES satellites stopped working. However, in April 2003, it went into full operational mode and became the dedicated satellite to track weather patterns over North America.
The last 10 years of video imagery has been condensed into 3 short minutes, so if you blink you may miss some key moments like:
-The epic 2005 hurricane season from 0:42-0:52 (Hurricane Katrina appears at 0:47)
-The “Super Outbreak” on April 27/28, 2011, is between 2:24 and 2:25
-Superstorm Sandy hits the northeast at 2:50
Courtesy: Geekquinox, YouTube, Yahoo News