This video promotes the Meteosat-9 satellite prior to it being launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on 21 Dec 2005. It gives a brief description of the Meteosat series of meteorological satellites (operated by EUMETSAT) over the past 30 years, highlighting the important role they have played in TV weather forecasts. It outlines how weather forecasts have evolved from black and white photos to sophisticated computer graphics on TV, and now appear online, can be tailored to specific locations and sent to mobile phones. With global climate change a reality, extreme weather events (such as floods, heatwaves, fires, etc.) will become more frequent, so weather data matters. The camera on Meteosat can see half the globe and the entire Atlantic Ocean in a single picture. Meteosat-9 guarantess data every 15 minutes.