To find out how your trusted weather app gets its intel, look no further than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Getting that intel takes a lot of equipment. There's a building in Maryland where NOAA pulls that information down from space, using giant antennas and dishes on its roof. It's got a massive server room where the data they collect gets stored and sent out.
"When you get the data down from the satellite, it's only as good as where you can send it," said Bill Carter, IT systems specialist at NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility.