What exactly is a floater? A floater is a set of images from the GOES East or West satellite of a given area that can change location area from day to day. Simply put, the location of the image 'floats' around the world during different events. For example, if a hurricane is forming in the Atlantic then one of the floaters would most likely be positioned over the storm. If there are no major storms then a Floater may be positioned over an active volcano. With the use of 'Floaters' it is possible to give people a more varied set of imagery from day to day. There are only so many different images that we can post on the web at one time and this gives us the ability to have flexibility to show items that would be of the most interest to viewers.