Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Weather Satellites

There are many satellites keeping an eye on the weather systems around the world. There are three NOAA satellites I can receive the picture information from. These are polar orbiting satellites circling the Earth N to S or S to N depending which orbit they are on. Also they move a bit from E to W on each orbit so the whole world can be covered. Each polar orbit takes about 1hr 40min.

From this mornings passes of NOAA 19 near the UK.

First pass to the East of us:

NOAA 19 at 14 Jul 2020 05:58:33 GMT

the next pass to the West of us

NOAA 19 at 14 Jul 2020 07:39:29 GMT

It takes approximately 12 minutes for each picture to be received as they are built up in horizontal lines as the satellite moves round the globe. The yellow cross marks the position of my ground station which is receiving the pictures.

If you are interested in receiving these weather pictures yourself then have a read through 'DIY Satellite Ground Station' HERE for information on how to get started on Windows or MacOS computers.


  1. Excellent. Just finished mowing and no cloud cover so your pictures are spot on.

  2. John the weather here in North Yorkshire is chilly, cloudy and windy - having a picture of it would just make it worse. Might try it if the weather settles down.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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