Category Archives: POES

Questions and answers concerning Polar Orbiting Satellites.

Water vapor imagery in an extremely dry airmass – 31 October 2019

On 31 October 2019 a very dry airmass existed over the southwest US.¬† To illustrate the dry airmass, consider the sounding from Albuquerque, NM with a precipitable water amount of 0.05″ (1.27 mm): The synoptic scale pattern was characterized by … Continue reading

Posted in GOES R, POES, Satellites | Comments Off on Water vapor imagery in an extremely dry airmass – 31 October 2019

CIRA ALPW Comparison for Two Northeast US Heavy Precipitation Events

By Sheldon Kusselson ALPW loop of 2019 event: ALPW loop of 2017 event:

Posted in Coastal Effects, Cyclogenesis, Heavy Rain and Flooding Issues, Hydrology, POES, Satellites | Comments Off on CIRA ALPW Comparison for Two Northeast US Heavy Precipitation Events

JPSS/GOES Fire Detection Capabilities – Swan Lake Fire, AK

The Swan Lake Fire, located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge,¬†south of Anchorage, AK initiated in June 2019 due to lightning. Over the past few months, the fire has steadily grown, and as of 20 August 2019, more than 130,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Fire Weather, GOES, POES, Satellites | Comments Off on JPSS/GOES Fire Detection Capabilities – Swan Lake Fire, AK

VIIRS flood observations along the Arkansas River

Heavy rain fell in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas the past few weeks, causing major flooding along portions of the Arkansas River. In the RealEarth image below (i.e. 1930Z on 27 May 2019), major flooding is indicated in orange and red … Continue reading

Posted in Heavy Rain and Flooding Issues, Hydrology, POES, Satellites | Comments Off on VIIRS flood observations along the Arkansas River

Nighttime Fog Monitoring

Satellite fog monitoring during the nighttime can be a challenge since geostationary datasets are limited to infrared imagery. However, with the new GOES-16/17 and JPSS datasets users can employ polar-orbiting and geostationary imagery to identify and monitor areas of fog … Continue reading

Posted in Aviation Weather, Fog, GOES, POES, Satellites, Visibility | Comments Off on Nighttime Fog Monitoring