GOES-16/17 on Amazon Download Page


This page is tested in and (Why only these two? Because my advisor uses Chrome, and I use Edge.)

Alternative Download Page
  1. Select the desired domain, product, date, and hour for which you want to download.
  2. Click the submit button.
    • Data is available for 16 different channels or bands. A blue box appears for every file that is available. The number on the box represents the minute the scan started. Full disk scans are available every 15 minutes, CONUS scans are available every 5 minutes, and mesoscale scans are available every minute.
  3. Click the desired file and the download will begin.

Files are downloaded in NetCDF format.

An example file name:

  • OR - data is operational and in real-time
  • ABI-L1b-RadM1 - is the product, with the mesoscale 1 domain. C is for CONUS, F is for full disk, and M2 is for Mesoscale 2.
  • M3C01 - Mode is 3 and Channel is 01
  • G16 - GOES-16 (G17 for GOES-17)
  • s20172511100550 - scan start time sYYYYJJJHHMMSSm: year, day of year, hour, minute, second, tenth second
  • e20172511101007 - scan end time sYYYYJJJHHMMSSm: year, day of year, hour, minute, second, tenth second
  • c20172511101048 - scan file creation time sYYYYJJJHHMMSSm: year, day of year, hour, minute, second, tenth second

More details can be found on Amazon's page.

Data from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) is downloaded from Amazon S3

The base download URL is https://noaa-goes16.s3.amazonaws.com

The file path is: /product/year/day_of_year/hour/file_name

Usefull Links:

Band Number Resolution (km) Wavelength Spectrum Name
01 1 0.47 µmVisibleBlue Band
02 0.5 0.64 µm Visible Red Band
03 1 0.86 µm Near-IR Veggie Band
04 2 1.37 µm Near-IR Cirrus Band
05 1 1.60 µm Near-IR Snow/Ice Band
06 2 2.24 µm Near-IR Cloud Prticle Size Band
07 2 3.90 µm IR Shortwave Window Band
08 2 6.20 µm IR Upper-Troposphere WV Band
09 2 6.90 µm IR Mid-Level Troposphere WV Band
10 2 7.30 µm IR Low-Level Troposphere WV Band
11 2 8.40 µm IR Cloud-Top Phase Band
12 2 9.60 µm IR Ozone Band
13 2 10.3 µm IR Clean IR Longwave Band
14 2 11.2 µm IR IR Longwave Band
15 2 12.3 µm IR Dirty IR Longwave Band
16 2 13.3 µm IR CO2 Longwave IR Band

Note: The resolution of the Multi-band files for all channels is 2 km. This file is easiest to work with if you don't need the full resolution of the 1 km channels for your images.

You can view and download files from public AWS buckets with Python's `s3fs` library.
This page uses rclone to access public GOES-16 files from Amazon Web Services. If you wish to perform bulk downloads of GOES data, consider using rclone or AWS CLI to aquire the files. Rclone Tutorial
The source option below refers to where the data is downloaded from. AWS is Amazon's cloud. OCC is the Open Commons Consortium and has GOES files from the last 7-8 months. If you get an XML error when downloading from the Amazon source, try switching to OCC. Check the URL in bold below to confirm the source.
Note: GOES-17 data is non-operational.

Tap to download from noaa-goes16 S3 bucket: https://noaa-goes16.s3.amazonaws.com/ABI-L2-CMIPC/2020/023/00/

Number represents the scan's start minute for the requested hour

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