VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - NASA is set to launch NOAA's new Joint Polar Satellite System, otherwise known as JPSS.
This satellite will complement the other new weather satellite that was launched last year. However, this one will be different.
"It covers the entire globe twice a day," said Joe Pica, NOAA National Weather Service, Director of Observations. "That actually give us a snapshot of the weather across the world, temperature, humidity. We feed that into weather models in order to provide a forecast out three to seven days."
The satellite launched last year, GOES 16, is in sync with the orbit around the earth - in particular North America - and that gives us a better idea on forecasting the short-term weather.
"But the polar satellites complement that by seeing what's going on around the world overall," said Pica. "That might be weather off of China today but that weather will be off the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. in the next several days."
The new JPSS satellite will send twice as much data into our long-range weather models that track hurricanes, thunderstorms and winter storms all across the planet - providing a clearer picture of what's to come.
Besides improving our local forecasts, JPSS will also serve as a great forecasting tool for scientists to monitor Polar Regions.
It will also be an economic benefit for shipping lanes - guiding barges around major storms.