For the past decade, the NOAA Visualization Lab has tracked KELOLAND'S weather with images like these gathered from the GOES 12 satellite. Throughout its lifetime, it has recorded some dramatic weather you can see here. From the start, you can see the clouds blow up on Tuesday, June 24th, 2003 when, along with dozens of other tornadoes across the Midwest, the town of Manchester, South Dakota was flattened on what is now known as Tornado Tuesday.
Three years later, seven tornadoes touched down west of Sioux Falls in September. What looked almost artistic from space left plenty of destruction on the ground. The satellite also captured the major winter storm that left Sioux Falls buried under a foot of snow in March of 2005. But one of the biggest weather stories to be captured by GOES 12 was the Missouri River flooding of 2011. This shows up near the tail end of the video.
And while the ice storm of April 2013 is among the last bug weather events tracked by the satellite, it's more than ten years of weather data will prove invaluable in weather forecasting in the years ahead.