Earth, Wind and Fire: Unveiling Space’s Best Kept Weather Secrets at AMS 2015

WeatherFest 2014

Is it safe to drive outside? Could there be a storm headed this way?  These are just a couple of weather-related questions that have crossed the minds of people during the last few weeks. Weather impacts the life of every person, every day. Fortunately, evolving weather and climate monitoring systems keep the world informed to help prepare for inclement weather. From alerting drivers to leave early to avoid traffic-congested roads on a snowy day or local communities to take shelter for a life-threating tornado headed their way – weather matters.

At the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting from Jan. 4 - 9, Lockheed Martin will highlight the latest technology systems that help keep our world safe from weather-related threats. The week-long weather event begins on Jan. 4 at WeatherFest, an interactive science and weather fair for weather enthusiasts of all ages. At WeatherFest, Lockheed Martin will educate the future leaders in science, technology, engineering and math about the past, present and future of weather technology. At the AMS tradeshow, beginning Jan. 5, Lockheed Martin will highlight space’s latest and greatest weather technology, helping the world better understand Earth, Wind and Fire.

Our home planet Earth will not garner as much attention as the Super Bowl this week, but it is certainly a “Super Sphere.” The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) keeps the nation’s defense up by monitoring the Earth’s weather playbook. Data from the GOES system provides accurate real-time weather forecast and early warning products to the public and private sectors. The GOES-R mission will improve forecasting quality and timeliness generating significant economic benefits to the nation in the areas of climate monitoring, ecosystems management, commerce and transportation.

Wind may not be visible to the eye, but when extensive turbulence on an airplane affects a safe landing or a dangerous tornado threatens a home, we quickly understand its power. WindTracer® lidar is a remarkable technology used for studies of atmospheric conditions. WindTracer is used for airport applications, wind resource assessment and meteorological research. WindTracer systems have been used worldwide for a decade to detect hazardous winds and aircraft wakes, providing improved flight safety for more than one million flights.

Staring at the fiery sun is dangerous for humans, but the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) studies the sun up close to help scientists better understand its surface. The goal of the IRIS program is to better understand how energy and plasma move from a lower layer of the sun’s surface called the photosphere, through the chromosphere layer and to the outer corona layer. Observation into this movement has been a fundamental challenge in solar and heliospheric science, and the IRIS mission will open a window of discovery into this crucial region by providing observations necessary to pinpoint physical forces at work in this little understood piece of real estate near the surface of the Sun.





Updated: December 18, 2014


Storms will come, we will be ready

Weather affects us all but we have people and spacecraft watching out for us to provide early warning. We know storms will come, but we will be ready.

Watchful Eyes: The Role of Geostationary Weather Satellites

"Sunday, Sept. 9, 1900, revealed one of the most horrible sights that ever a civilized people looked upon," reported Isaac Cline, chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau office in Galveston, Texas, the day after the worst hurricane in U.S. history roared ashore. "Watchful Eyes" chronicles the advent of NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system and its value to forecasters, emergency management officials, and the public. GOES-R, NOAA's newest geostationary satellite represents the critical continuity of observation forecasters need to protect the communities they serve from severe weather.