Watch a Decade of Extreme Weather in 3 Minutes

The GOES-12 weather satellite was decommissioned this week. Here’s 10 years of its work broken down and sped up into 180 seconds.
Aug 21, 2013· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

In its decade run positioned above our lonely planet, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-12 satellite documented more than its fair share of superstorms.

Hurricane Katrina. Steroidstorm Sandy. Snowmageddeon 2010. You name it, GOES-12 saw it. But no more. The durable eye in the sky was decommissioned this week.

In honor of its retirement, NOAA released a time-lapse video of the weather that GOES-12 gathered—one image for each of the 3,788 days it was on the outside looking in.

Now, because the video is both far away and sped up, it’s quite difficult for the naked eye to pinpoint specific severe weather events. Still, I'm fairly certain that Hurricane Katrina comes and goes at around the 40-second mark.

The scariest thing about this video? It's the lingering notion that, because of climate change, extreme weather events like heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, rainstorms and blizzards are only expected to get worse in our exceedingly warm 21st century.