After the GOES-13 satellite experienced issues with data from the imager and sounder instruments for the last several days, the GOES-14 satellite has been activated and has replaced GOES-13 as the NOAA operational GOES East satellite. Around a month ago, GOES-14 was taken out of storage and activated for routine maneuvers and several experiments in preparation for the next generation GOES-R satellite. GOES-14 will remain the primary GOES satellite over the Atlantic basin and Continental U.S. until the imager and sounder data issues on GOES-13 can be fully diagnosed and hopefully fixed. NOAA maintains backup GOES satellites in case unforeseen events occur, providing full redundancy for monitoring severe weather over the U.S. and its territories.
This image was acquired from the GOES-14 satellite on September 24, 2012 at 1745z, the first image from GOES-14 while acting as GOES East. A larger image can be downloaded here.