GOES-EAST Data Users

GOES-16 is scheduled to officially replace GOES-13 as GOES-EAST on December 14, 2017.  Beginning November 30th, GOES-16 begins it drift from 89º West to 75.2º West.  No GOES-16 data data will be available from November 30 until December 14. Data from GOES-13 will be available from the ADDE datasets EASTL and EASTS during the drift period and continue to be available until January 2, 2018. There will be an overlap of GOES-13 and GOES-16 (East) between December 14, 2017 – January 2, 2018.

Due to many differences between the instruments on board GOES-16 and GOES-13, Satellite Data Services highly recommends users start preparing for changes as soon as possible.


ADDE Information

Users must be running McIDAS-X version 2017.2 or later.

GOES-16 data will be available from primary and secondary servers. Both servers will have ADDE groups for both short and longer time periods.

These servers are currently available for testing* but there may be some downtime or delays.


 Short Groups

 300 minutes of Full Disk

 100 minutes of CONUS

 60 minutes of Mesoscale 1 and 2


Primary server: easta.ssec.wisc.edu




Secondary server: eastb.ssec.wisc.edu




Long Groups

Eight days of all coverages


Primary server: easta.ssec.wisc.edu




Secondary server: eastb.ssec.wisc.edu




There are 6 ADDE datasets for each Group

ALL    All coverages

FD    Full Disk coverage

CONUS    Continental US coverage (these images are not a subset of the FD

in MODE3, but they are a subset of FD in MODE4)

M1    Mesoscale sector 1

M2    Mesoscale sector 2

M    Both  Mesoscale sector 1 and Mesoscale sector 2


Archive server: geoarc.ssec.wisc.edu




Other Instruments and Products

ADDE dataset information for the new Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) and Level-2 ABI products will be sent in separate emails.



There are many differences between GOES-16 ABI instrument and current GOES Imager. Band numbers, resolution and frequency of images have changed.


McIDAS commands using BAND= must be updated and those using SIZE= may need updating:

Band: 1    0.47 um VIS aerosol-over-land    1.00 km    10848 x10848

Band: 2    0.64 um VIS clouds fog winds    0.50 km    21696 x21696

Band: 3    0.86 um Near IR vegetation        1.00 km    10848 x10848

Band: 4    1.37 um Near IR cirrus cloud          2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 5    1.61 um Near IR cloud phase        1.00 km    10848 x10848

Band: 6    2.24 um Near IR land/cloud        2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 7    3.89 um IR SFC, cloud, fog        2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 8    6.17 um IR High-level WV winds    2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 9    6.93 um IR Mid-level WV winds    2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 10    7.34 um IR Low-level WV winds    2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 11    8.44 um IR Total WV cld phase    2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 12    9.61 um IR Total ozone wind        2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 13    10.3 um IR Surface & cloud        2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 14    11.2 um IR SST, clouds rainfall    2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 15    12.3 um IR Total water & ash        2.00 km    5424 x 5424

Band: 16    13.3 um IR Cloud hgt & amt        2.00km    5424 x 5424


McIDAS commands requesting single images must update value TIME=  to include seconds, HH:MM:SS. McIDAS commands using a time range with TIME= may or may not need updating.


Modes of Operation

Three geographical sectors are available from the new GOES satellite, Full Disk, CONUS and Mesoscale. The frequency of each sector is the mode of operations.


MODE 3 Flex Mode – expected to be the primary mode of operation

FD    (Full disk) images every 15 minutes

CONUS    (continental US coverage) images every 5 minutes.

These are NOT a subset of the Full disk and are scanned


M1    (Mesoscale sector 1) offset by 30 seconds from M2

M2    (Mesoscale sector 2) offset by 30 seconds from M1

When M1 and M2 are scanning the same mesoscale sector, images are

Only available in the M1 and M datasets.


MODE 4 (Continuous Full Disk)

FD (Full disk) images every 5 minutes.

CONUS (Continental US coverage)  These ARE subsetted from FD.

Mesoscale sectors are not available in Mode 4 (CFD)


More schedule detail


Additional information

  • There is no sounder instrument on GOES-16 (GOES-R series) satellites.
  • ADDE servers cannot “follow/track” images at this time.
  • Data may come from 1 of 2 sources PDA via STAR or Direct Broadcast.  In most cases data will be from Direct Broadcast.  Changes in data source should be transparent, although data from the PDA via STAR may be delayed by 20 minutes or more.
  • There is an AMPQ event service available to alert users of new data availability for every image. If you are interested in information on or subscribing to this service, please contact SDS sds@ssec.wisc.edu .


If you have any questions regarding access to this data please email us at sds@ssec.wisc.edu.

If you have questions regarding McIDAS use of the data please contact the McIDAS Users Group, mug@ssec.wisc.edu.

Satellite Transition Timeline

  • November 30, 2017 GOES-16 drift to 75.2 degrees West begins 1800 UTC. During the drift only MAG will continue to operate but with nominal data distribution. All other instruments will be put in either safe or diagnostic modes or disabled
  • December 7, 2017 GOES-13 GVAR relay through GOES-14 begins (transparent to SDS users)
  • December 11, 2017 GOES-16 drift ends, followed by 3 days of calibration activities
  • December 14, 2017 GOES-16 officially becomes GOES-EAST
  • There will be close to a 3 week overlap of GOES-13 data transmission with the GOES-EAST
  • January 2, 2018 GOES-13 will stop transmitting data and  will begin drifting to its storage location at 60 degrees West.
  • January 22, 2018 GOES-13 will reach storage location at 60 degrees West


* Note: NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite has not been declared operational and its data are preliminary and undergoing testing. Users receiving these data through any dissemination means (including, but not limited to, PDA and GRB) assume all risk related to their use of GOES-16 data and NOAA disclaims and any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.