For anyone who wants to dig deeper, the RAMMB branch of NOAA in Colorado maintains a page of GOES16 loops of the day: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/ramsdis/online/loop_of_the_d...
... and also runs a fancy imagery viewer where you can play around with different micrometer wavelength bands: http://rammb-slider.cira.colostate.edu/?sat=goes-16&sec=full...
That said, the raw data is available through an S3-compatible service, here: https://osdc.rcc.uchicago.edu/noaa-goes16
With documentation about how to navigate and use the files here: http://edc.occ-data.org/goes16/getdata/
So it would be possible to script together something that cooks out a nice high-rez full disc image every 15 minutes.
For fun, here's one of the full disc frames we cropped in from:
Note that even though its 2712x2712 pixels, that's still way smaller than GOES16's potential resolution. The highest rez versions of this image that I've encountered go over 10,000 by 10,000...
I really enjoyed the layout of this page, where the world sits, how the colors in the background don't take away from the effect from the day/night transitions. It is just wonderful.
> In a NOAA reconnaissance mission, a plane flew through the eye wall to gather data on the storm, recording winds of 139 miles per hour at sea level.
I don't know who the pilot is for this but he's got bigger balls than me.
https://youtu.be/a-SnxC-BkPo - Short documentary segment on the NOAA team
The performance jump in capture time and resolution blew me away. Really exciting to see it coming on-line.
On the other hand, I'm still curious if a "directed" explosion (i.e., not radial but say with only an x-component) could accomplish something.
PS: It is a pity that the early formation of the hurricanes is not visible in the video.
What kind of planes can safely fly through a storm like this?
Or is the eye a lot safer to go through?
Inside the eye can be calm, but the highest winds, wind shear, tornadoes, rainfall, and hail, are in the eye wall.