GOES-T satellite is all systems go - what it means for the future of weather forecasting
The GOES-T satellite that launched Tuesday and is now in orbit will monitor major weather threats like hurricanes.
While millions watched NOAA's GOES-T lift-off from the ground, one photographer born and raised in the tri-state region watched from the sky.
Troy Morgan is an aerial photographer who captured the launch from his helicopter.
"That sudden launch. You don't even know the exact second. You just anticipate it and you just see it happen," Morgan said.
So what's next for GOES-T?
In just under two weeks, it will be in geostationary orbit.
And once it's up and running months later, it can map lighting, track wildfires, and get your News 12 Storm Watch team data on systems developing to the west.
Then, New 12 Storm Watch meteorologists can alert you so you have more time to prepare ahead of the storm.
"When we can come together, take technology and take people together, we can provide value that helps everybody," said Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, head of science at NASA.