Category Archives: Satellites

GOES-16 Split Window Difference Precursor to Convective Initiation

There are two GOES-16 products related to convective activity.  One is related to convective initiation; that is, this product will identify new cumulus that will further develop into mature thunderstorms.  The second product identifies which mature thunderstorms have a high … Continue reading

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Storm-relative animations for right-moving and left-moving storms

This blog entry will compare traditional satellite animations of right-moving and left-moving storms with storm-relative animations as observed by GOES-16 visible imagery in AWIPS with the Feature Following Zoom tool.  Also, comparisons will be made between different temporal resolutions, that … Continue reading

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Hail swath observed by GOES-16

On 14 May 2018, a severe thunderstorm near Denver, Colorado resulted in accumulations of hail (reports of 2 to 6 inches in depth locally). The hail swath left by the thunderstorm can easily be observed in GOES-16 imagery: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/templates/loop_directory.asp?data_folder=training/visit/loops/14may18/&loop_speed_ms=60 After … Continue reading

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Synthetic imagery from the NSSL WRF-ARW for 7 March 2018 event

A nor’easter occurred on 7 March 2018 which resulted in heavy snow, strong winds and rain across portions of the Northeast U.S.  In this blog entry we’ll examine the performance of the NSSL WRF-ARW via synthetic water vapor imagery in … Continue reading

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