NOAA-16 polar satellite retired

By Meteorologist Mike Skurko


On Monday, NOAA made the final shut down of the NOAA-16 polar-orbiting satellite, which spent more than 13 years helping predict the weather.  The satellite was launched in September 2000, and was used as a backup satellite to NOAA-18 since 2005.

NOAA-16 made 70, 655 orbits around the globe during its lifetime.

“NOAA-16 helped our forecasters detect the early stages of severe weather from tornadoes and snow storms to hurricanes, including the busiest hurricane season on record – 2005,” said Mary Kicza, assistant administrator of NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service.

The entire press release from NOAA regarding NOAA-16’s shut down can be found here:

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