Eyes in the Sky
by Amy B
♪ I can Read your Mind ♫
Weather satellites are a very important tool in the art and science of weather forcasting. Data gathered from satellite images allows meteorologists to predict future weather events based on thier observations of the speed and direction that air masses are moving in.
Satellite technology, coupled with modern radar technology have enabled meteorologists to become more effective in their long term forcasts, enabling he public to make preparations for severe / dangerous storm events such as blizzards or potential severe weather outbreaks during the summer months.
Other uses for Satellites
Weather satellites can perform functions other than tracking weather patterns. Perhaps the most obvious use of these "eyes in the sky" would be for defense or spying applications. They could also be used to monitor for environmental changes and drought and flood monitoring.Barry's Response
- That's right, Amy. Hundreds of satellites remain in orbit, for a variety of purposes. The one used to provide photographic images for Google Earth
is just one more example. Others include communications such as satellite radio and TV, and GPS satellites.Search
this site for more information now.