Lots of Tropical Activity

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This is a composite view from five different geostationary satellites (that is why the pole is blacked out – a satellite over the equator can’t see the poles).  That is one reason why we have to maintain the polar orbiting satellites and can’t just rely on a couple of geostationary views.  Unfortunately, the POES program along with other earth observation satellites we depend on for weather and environmental observations are aging, and the replacements are underfunded and behind schedule.

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