Massive Lightning Storm Lights up Northern Alabama

  • Released Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
  • Updated Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 at 12:07AM
  • ID: 4429

Animation showing a massive lightning storm form over Northern Alabama on September 2, 2012. Although the data shown here is based on real observations, the cloud cover data was only available for a very limited window of time as an experiment using the GOES-14 satellite. The cloud data comes from ground-based sensors. This animation is a proof-of-concept showing the kind of data that will be gathered by GOES-R on a regular basis.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites - R Series (GOES-R) is the next generation of geostationary Earth-observing systems. The GOES-R program is a collaborative development and acquisition effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The advanced spacecraft and instrument technology employed by the GOES-R series will provide significant improvements in the detection and observations of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property, and our nation's economic health and prosperity. The first satellite in the GOES-R series successfully launched on November 19, 2016. For more information on the GOES-R program please visit:


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Datasets used in this visualization

  • NALMA (North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array)

    ID: 911
    Observed Data NASA, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology

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