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July 31, 2007 - The Gridded Sea Surface Temperature (RTG-SST) product is added as an overlay to the loops. The data should not be used over land, only ocean.

July 17, 2007 - Due to an agreement with NWS, we have to temporarily discontinue the radar overlays until further notice. NESDIS is now working to acquire the radar data from other sources.

August 22, 2006 - GOES-East and GOES-West Eclipse Season begins on August 13, 2006. Images will not be available from GOES-East and GOES-West during certain times. In the event of a landfalling system, we will build loops with data from alternate satellites. Eclipse schedules can be found at Fall 2006 GOES Eclipse Schedules

January 19, 2006 - We will be migrating all images and loops to a new directory structure prior to the 2006 Hurricane Season. Each tropical sector will be resized, and the West Atlantic sector will be moved west to include the Gulf of Mexico. A new "Central Atlantic" sector will be created. More floater loops will be added to accommodate up to five storms, as well as volcanic ash events and wildfire tracking.

Webmasters with direct links into any images named as "20.jpg" will need to adjust their links accordingly. New links will be made available on the Tropical Atlantic and Tropical East Pacific pages soon.

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April 11, 2005 - All images were resized to 480x720 pixels to include more detail. Overlays were added to the floater 2 loops, and additional overlays were added to all floaters. A "false color" RGB image, made with the Visible in Red and Green, and the Infrared Ch. 4 in Blue, was added to floater 2.

August 16, 2004 - There will be interruptions in GOES-East imagery between 03:00 UTC and 06:00 UTC, and interruptions in GOES-West imagery between 07:00 UTC and 09:00 UTC due to the Fall 2004 Eclipse Season. Earth will fully "eclipse" each satellite during certain times, and we need to shut down the imager and sounder on each satellite to conserve power during these times. You can download detailed eclipse schedules at:

August 12, 2004 - Users may experience slow downs in network connectivity to and due to increased demand due to Bonnie and Charley. The Gulf of Mexico, Northwest Atlantic, and Western Tropical Atlantic loops on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Page have been increased from 8 to 12 hours.

July 21, 2004 - An overlay of the latest 2 km Radar composite from NWS is now available on Floater 1.

June 1, 2004 - A Red/Green/Blue composite loop is now available for Hurricane Floater loop 1. This is a composite of the GOES channel 1 visible and channel 4 infrared, into a false color image. Low clouds during the day will appear yellowish. The URL for this loop is: