NOAA GOES Geostationary Satellite Server
NOAA GOES Geostationary Satellite Server

GOES Imagery Color Enhancements

Eastern U.S.
Infrared Enhancements

IR Enhancement 1
Eastern U.S. Infrared Enhancement 1
IR Enhancement 2
Eastern U.S. Infrared Enhancement 2

IR Enhancement 3
Eastern U.S. Infrared Enhancement 3
IR Enhancement 4
Eastern U.S. Infrared Enhancement 4

Eastern U.S.
Water Vapor Enhancements

Enhancement 1
Eastern U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 1
Enhancement 2
Eastern U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 2

Enhancement 3
Eastern U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 3
Enhancement 4
Eastern U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 4

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Western U.S.
Infrared Enhancements

IR Enhancement 1
Western U.S. Infrared Enhancement 1
IR Enhancement 2
Western U.S. Infrared Enhancement 2

IR Enhancement 3
Western U.S. Infrared Enhancement 3
IR Enhancement 4
Western U.S. Infrared Enhancement 4

Western U.S.
Water Vapor Enhancements

WV Enhancement 1
Western U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 1
WV Enhancement 2
Western U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 2

WV Enhancement 3
Western U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 3
WV Enhancement 4
Western U.S. Water Vapor Enhancement 4

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Meteorologists use color enhanced imagery as an aid in satellite interpretation. The colors enable them to easily and quickly see features which are of special interest. Usually they look for high clouds or areas with a large amount of water vapor.

In an infrared (IR) image cold clouds are high clouds, so the colors typically highlight the colder regions. In a water vapor image, white areas indicate moisture and dark areas indicate little or no moisture, so the colors typically highlight areas with large amounts of moisture.