||GOES satellites provide continuous reliable operational, environmental and storm warning
systems to protect life and property from a geo-synchronous orbit at an altitude of
approximately 35,800 km. They provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers"
for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hailstorms, and hurricanes.
When these conditions develop the GOES satellites are able to monitor storm development
and track their movements. GOES satellite imagery is also used to estimate rainfall
during thunderstorms and hurricanes for flash flood warnings, as well as estimate
snowfall accumulations and overall extent of snow cover. Such data help meteorologists
issue winter storm warnings and spring snowmelt advisories. Satellite sensors also
detect ice fields and map the movements of sea and lake ice and monitor the space
environment around the satellite.