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22 March 2017 GOES-16 imagery in the northeast US into southeast Canada

The GOES-16 data posted on this page are preliminary, non-operational data and are undergoing testing.  Users bear all responsibility for inspecting the data prior to use and for the manner in which the data are utilized. By Ed Szoke and … Continue reading

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A look at water vapor imagery from GOES-16

The GOES-16 data posted on this page are preliminary, non-operational data and are undergoing testing.  Users bear all responsibility for inspecting the data prior to use and for the manner in which the data are utilized. By Ed Szoke and … Continue reading

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Potential challenges of interpreting water vapor imagery: A tropical moisture case over San Diego on 21 Sep 2016

While water vapor imagery is no doubt very useful for forecasting, it can at times be tricky to interpret.  This blog discusses a particularly challenging case over Southern California on 21 September 2016, when deep tropical moisture produced a rain event … Continue reading

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GOES-14 SRSOR 1-minute visible imagery for 19 May 2015 over Texas

GOES-14 will be in Super Rapid Scan Operations for GOES-R (SRSOR) mode between 18 May – 12 June, 2015.  This special mode allows for 1-minute temporal imagery for GOES, similar to what will be available when GOES-R becomes available in … Continue reading

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GOES-14 SRSO for 11 May 2014 Severe Weather Event

GOES-14 was operating on super rapid scan operations schedule for May 11, 2014, meaning that images were being taken every 1 minute.  This high temporal resolution data will be routinely available for severe weather events with GOES-R, therefore it is … Continue reading

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Great Lakes Ice Cover

The exceptionally cold winter over the Great Lakes region has led to relatively high ice coverage across the Great Lakes.  The GLERL analysis of ice cover percentage across the Great Lakes is 91% as of March 4: To put this … Continue reading

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Fog and Low Clouds in Eastern Colorado as seen with GeoColor and Day Night Band NPP VIIRS imagery on 20 Dec 2013

The Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band (DNB), which can use moonlight to produce visible-light imagery during the nighttime, offers a unique capability that is slated to continue on the JPSS constellation concurrent to the GOES-R era.  This presents intriguing potential … Continue reading

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Widespread Fog East of the Rockies – 3 Dec 2013

Widespread fog and low clouds covered much of the nation east of the Rockies 0n the morning of 3 Dec in the moist airmass ahead of the developing western storm and strong cold front that has since pushed south.  Dense … Continue reading

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Low cloud/fog example from Boulder WFO case from AWIPS on 9 December 2010

GeoColor and Low cloud/Fog GOES-R Proving Ground imagery from CIRA has been available at the Boulder WFO for several years.  After feedback from the forecasters, recently GeoColor imagery without the city lights was added.  This example shows both types of … Continue reading

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Low cloud/fog early detection over Lake Erie on 16 March 2011 from WFO BUF

Sent to the BUF SOO by forecaster Kirk Apffel The new CIRA stratus/fog IR satellite worked well late afternoon/evening.  It clearly showed low stratus and fog developing on Lake Erie, which was hardly visible on other products. It was useful … Continue reading

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