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New Mexico’s Whitewater-Baldy and Colorado’s High Park Fires: Case(s) of the “Disappearing Smoke” – Differences in Visible Smoke Detection – GOES 15 vs GOES 13

Louie Grasso and Jeff Braun Updated June 25, 2012 Now: The Whitewater-Baldy Fire was a very large wildfire that existed over southwestern New Mexico during the last couple of weeks of May and into June 2012.  At nearly 300, 000 … Continue reading

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Puget Sound Convergence Zone in Action

By J.Braun An impressive overrunning snow event is on tap for much of western Washington Tuesday, January 17th with bands of snow showers moving inland across northwestern Washington.  The (mainly) snow shower activity has increased in coverage as mid level … Continue reading

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Synthetic Cloud Top Heights

by Louie Grasso, Dan Lindsey, Jeff Braun Cloud tops heights, an important forecast parameter, is being generated from the NSSL 4km WRF-ARW real-time run.  At CIRA we have been generating synthetic GOES-R imagery from this real-time model since spring 2010.  … Continue reading

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United Airlines Flight 967 – Severe Turbulence, July 20, 2010

Jeff Braun and Dan Lindsey NOAA/RAMMB CIRA/CSU ***(Also, please see addendum near the end of this message) The following are a sequence of GOES-13 visible images from 19:45 UTC on 20 July 2010 to 00:45 UTC on 21 July 2010. … Continue reading

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