Impressive intermittent flashes can be seen lighting up huge areas of Texas, America as the Goes-16 captures images from 22,300 miles above Earth.
The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) sends data, never available before, to forecasters, allowing them to forecast extreme weather.
The GLM continually looks for lightning flashes in the Western Hemisphere, so forecasters know when a storm is forming, intensifying and becoming more dangerous.
Rapid increases of lighting are a signal that a storm is strengthening and could produce severe weather.
Incredible images from a satellite show a lightning storm battering Texas, United States
Information from the instrument will help forecastersidentify areas prone to wildfires sparked by lightning
A NOAA spokesman said lightning strikes the US 25 million times a year on avarage and kills around 49 people each year.
The first animated images from the GLM, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were taken on February 14, 2017, near the Texas Gulf Coast where severe storms pushed through and spawned tornadoes.
A still image shows two lighting bolts and the cloud canopy often associated with strong storms near Houston.
During heavy rain, GLM data will show when thunderstorms are stalled or if they are gathering strength. When combined with radar and other satellite data, forecasters will be able to use GLM to anticipate severe weather and issue flood and flash flood warnings faster.
Accurate tracking of lightning and thunderstorms over the oceans, too distant for land-based radar and sometimes difficult to see with satellites will support safe navigation for aviators and mariners.
GLM also detects in-cloud lightning, which often occurs five to 10 minutes before potentially deadly cloud-to-ground strikes, giving forecasters more time to alert those involved in outdoor actives of the developing threat.
In an announcement, NOAA express high hopes for its lightning image detectors, which provide information for disaster preparedness and response.
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“During heavy rain, data will show when thunderstorms are stalled or if they are gathering strength,” a statement read.
“When combined with radar and other satellite data, lightning detector data may help forecasters anticipate severe weather and issue warnings sooner.
“In dry areas, especially in the western United States, information from the instrument will help forecasters, and ultimately firefighters, identify areas prone to wildfires sparked by lightning.”