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FDTD GOES Applications Webinars

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GOES-16 User Workshop at NWSTC, November 2017

These webinars are peer-to-peer learning; staff from WFOs, National Centers, CWSUs, RFCs lead the presentations. The presentations are short (less than 30 minutes) and recorded for on-demand viewing. They are offered on a routine basis (typically bi-weekly) and offer recent in-season examples ready to apply operationally. The primary objective of these webinars are to share how to apply GOES imagery with other datasets for a specific operational application so that other WFOs learn how to do this.

Refer to the VISIT Training Calendar for the next scheduled FDTD GOES Application webinar.

Below you'll find a list of FDTD GOES Applications Webinar recordings from the past (including links to powerpoint files), listed in reverse chronological order. Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. To sort them by a different column, click the column heading at the top to reorder them.

Title Date Brief Summary
Comparison of Impacts between the 1997 and 2018 Ohio River Floods in Southwestern Indiana 2019-11-06 Derrick Snyder discusses two major flood events that impacted the lower Ohio River Valley. Satellite imagery and products from the 2018 flood event are shown. This event partially led the Paducah WFO to implement new tools for significant river flooding events.
Use of GOES-East Composite RGB Imagery and GLM Data in the Ohio Valley 2019-10-16 Ryan Sharp discusses the GOES ABI RGB imagery and GLM data to 1) Help pinpoint surface features for DSS purposes and 2) Aid warning forecaster confidence in warning decision making.
Modifying RGB Imagery on the Fly in AWIPS 2019-09-24 Bill Line outlines opportunities to improve RGB usefulness on the fly for some of the GOES RGB products. Understanding why making RGB modifications in AWIPS on the fly is discussed along with limitations.
Issuing Warnings with No Radar 2019-08-21 David Levin summarizes the 27 June 2019 event for southeast Alaska in which the Juneau WFO issued their first ever severe thunderstorm warning. Radar data was not available for this event due to beam blockage and distance from the radar site. This presentation shows the data and the thought process that went into the decision making.
Superior, WI Husky Refinery Explosion NWS Duluth Response 2019-07-17 Joe Moore summarizes the response by the NWS WFO in Duluth, MN to an explosion at a nearby refinery. Monitoring GOES-16 imagery played a role in monitoring the plume from the refinery. Lessons learned on the response for what went well and where improvements could be made are provided.
Nocturnal Wildfire Smoke Tracking using GOES-16 2019-06-12 Kevin Huyck investigates experimental GOES RGB products to assess nighttime detection of smoke from GOES. Smoke can be tracked at night, under clear conditions and also utilizing daytime imagery before nightfall. More development is needed with potential for new products.
The Above Anvil Cirrus Plume: An Important Indicator of a Severe Storm in Visible and IR Imagery 2019-06-05 Kris Bedka summarizes important findings from a recent Weather and Forecasting journal article on the Above Anvil Cirrus Plume (AACP) signature. AACP storms are much more intense than other storms, generating a higher fraction of reported severe weather and the vast majority of significant hail and tornadoes (2+ inch and EF2+ respectively).
New Applications of GOES-17 Imagery in Volcanic Plume Detection for the VAAC/Alaska Region 2019-04-24 Doug Wesley summarizes the use of new GOES-17 imagery to detect volcanic plumes. The primary case study is the Bezyimanny volcanic eruption of 16 March 2019. The Ash and SO2 RGB products from GOES-17 are highlighted, but also compared with GOES-15 to illustrate the major improvements since the inception of GOES-17.
Applications of GOES-17 Data in Fog Forecasting for Anchorage, AK 2019-03-20 Doug Wesley summarizes the use of new GOES-17 information to help define the coverage and evolution of a shallow fog event over and near the Anchorage/Cook Inlet area on 26 February 2019. This includes applications of derived product imagery in helping forecasters determine the formation, extent and dissipation of the shallow fog over a relatively data-sparse area.
GOES-16 Identification of Blowing Snow 2019-02-06 Carl Jones discusses using the Day Snow-Fog RGB from GOES-16 for identification of blowing snow. Several examples of blowing snow are shown along with possible explanations as to why it is being detected by GOES-16 and advantages and disadvantages of using this RGB to monitor blowing snow.
A GOES-16 Perspective on a Fatal Snow Squall Event 2018-12-17 Kristen Cassady and Ashley Novak discuss snow squall warnings and the event of 8 March 2018. GOES-16 Band 8 is useful in identifying and tracking PV anomalies / PV tropopause folds. GOES-16 band 13 and daytime cloud phase distinction RGB have utility in monitoring snow squalls.
Erie PA Lake-Effect Snow event 2018-12-12 Bob LaPlante and Zach Sefcovic discuss the 25-26 December 2017 lake-effect snow event that impacted the Erie, PA vicinity. GOES-16 imagery was particularly useful due to beam overshooting by the 2 nearest WSR-88Ds. A number of GOES-16 RGB products were helpful in identifying the lake-effect snow bands.
Utilizing Radar and Satellite to Provide Meaningful Lightning Initiation and Cessation Information for Effective Decision-making 2018-09-26 Pete Wolf discusses a methodology to successfully forecast (short-term) CG lightning initiation and cessation. These include environmental knowledge, access to real-time satellite and radar data, knowledge of data issues/biases, and knowledge of how lightning is produced in thunderstorms. The key GOES tools using this approach are the GLM and Day Cloud Phase Distinction RGB.
Satellite Training and Operations Resource (STOR) 2018-07-18 Frank Alsheimer discusses the Satellite Training and Operations Resource found on the NOAA Virtual Lab. The discussion highlights how this web resource came about, along with where to find various types of satellite related training on the STOR page, as well as where to ask satellite related questions.
Wildland Fire Notifications for Impact-Based Decision Support Services in Oklahoma 2018-05-23 Todd Lindley discusses a notification system for wildland fires utilized for decision support services. Feedback on the system is highlighted along with ideas as a prototype for a possible future NWS fire warning program.
A First Look at GLM in AWIPS 2018-04-26 Chad Gravelle discusses the Flash Extent Density product from the GOES Geostaionary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in AWIPS. A brief description is followed by a case that compares GLM with ENTL Total Flash Density, MRMS reflectivity (lowest altitude), IR/VIS sandwich product and VIS.
Day Cloud Phase Distinction RGB Composite: Gaining Situational Awareness for DSS 2018-04-25 Chad Gravelle discusses the Day Cloud Phase Distinction RGB composite. A brief description is followed by an applied example as a proof of concept for DSS.
Expanding DSS in Central California by Using GOES-16/17 for Fire and Fog Identification 2018-04-11 Kris Mattarochia discusses operational applications of GOES-16 imagery and products for Fire and Fog identification in central California.
Interesting GOES-16 Observations: The Sea Breeze, and Wildfires 2018-03-21 Pete Wolf discusses GOES-16 visible band examples of the sea breeze along the Florida coastline. Also, the advantages of using the GeoColor product for smoke plume identification is discussed.
Heavy Snow Event in North Carolina of 17 January 2018 2018-03-07 Gail Hartfield and Frank Alsheimer discuss operational applications of GOES-16 single band and RGB imagery for the 17 January 2018 heavy snow event in North Carolina. In addition, products derived from polar orbiting instruments were also reviewed.
Convective Initiation 2018-02-21 Ariel Cohen discusses operational applications of GOES-16 imagery as applied to Convective Initiation. GOES-16 usage for Convective Initiation in a case with relatively weak ascent is compared with a case for relatively stronger ascent.
Creating Color Tables in AWIPS 2018-02-07 Mike Baker discusses reasons to create new satellite color tables then summarizes the procedure for editing the color table in AWIPS. He also discusses where to find additional customized color tables from the field, and where to submit color tables you've created so that they are available to the community.
GOES-16 new capabilities for the tropical forecasting and analysis at NHC/TAFB 2018-01-24 Nelsie Ramos discusses various satellite products to monitor and tracking tropical waves, including the SAL, DUST, Pseudo-Natural, GeoColor RGBs. In addition the low-level water vapor and LPW imagery is used in tandem with IR channel 13. Other hazards such as offshore convection monitoring with the Lightning Density product and fog advisories with the FLS and GeoColor RGB products are discussed.
Utilizing GOES-16 Data in the Desert Southwest 2018-01-10 Stan Czyzyk discusses the benefits of increased spatial and temporal resolution of GOES-16 towards applications of blowing dust events, wildfires, and enhanced convection. Parallax and improved collaboration for mesoscale sector requests are also discussed.
North Bay Wildfires of October 2017 2017-12-07 Matt Mehle discusses the historic October 2017 wildfire event in the North Bay of California. GOES-16 imagery and products were used for first detection and alerting to fires.
Experimental GOES-16 Applications for a Flooding Event in the Northeastern U.S. 2017-11-30 Christina Speciale and Neil Stuart discuss a flood event from 7 July 2017 thaat affected the Northeast U.S. GOES-16 imagery, radar data and SPC mesoanalyses were critical to situational awareness that led to flood warnings prior to observed flooding.
Dispelling the myth of Random Convection 2017-10-25 Kevin Laws discusses a local study that includes analyses that help dispel the misconception of random, pop-up thunderstorm occurence. This presentation will describe some of the preferred locations for summertime convection and provide detailed statistics of autoconvective and boundary interactions to aid forecasters in the often difficult, short term forecast process.
GOES-16 applications for convection over the southeast US 2017-10-11 Frank Alsheimer provides a scenario-based presentation for a typical summer convective forecast over the southeast. GOES-16 cloud and moisture imagery (CMI), channel difference products, baseline products and RGBs are demonstrated for operational applications in the convective forecast.
Operational Observations from the GLM and LMA 2017-09-27 Brian Carcione looks at GOES-16 ABI and GLM imagery for trends in Hurricane Harvey in Texas and a tornado event in northern Alabama during the same time period. The GLM is compared with local LMAs and the comparison appeared favorable.
GOES-16 Convective Strategies 2017-08-16 Patrick Ayd demonstrated the role of GOES-16 imagery combined with other datasets during the forecast and nowcast period on a severe weather day. 1-minute imagery provides additional situational awareness, visible and Day cloud phase RGB were used for convective initiation. During the event, the imagery aids in the larger scale convective scenario, avoiding tunnel vision on a single portion of your CWA, and potentially reallocating staffing/warning sectors.
NHC discussion of GOES-16 Imagery for Current Tropical Cyclone Activity 2017-08-01 Jack Bevan and Mark DeMaria discuss a variety of GOES-16 imagery applications for tropical cyclone analysis. This includes various RGB products, the influence of GOES-16 on the Dvorak Technique, 1-minute imagery and the GLM.
Fog / low cloud / moisture gradient applications of the Nighttime Microphysics RGB product 2017-07-26 Kris White shows how the GOES-16 Nighttime Microphysics RGB can be used to identify low cloud features such as fog and low stratus and offers better contrast than legacy imagery. Also, the Nighttime Microphysics RGB can be used to help identify areas of contrasting low-level moisture.
Smoke and Dust applications of the Geocolor product 2017-07-12 Dan Lindsey highlights the GOES-16 GeoColor product in identification of smoke and dust.
Memphis Derecho of 27 May 2017 2017-06-28 Andy Chiuppi looked at the role of GOES-16 imagery combined with other datasets in forecasting a high impact Derecho event in the Memphis area.
Blowing Dust in Montana 2017-06-14 Paul Nutter discusses brightness temperature difference fields in GOES-16 IR bands that allow for 24 hour dust monitoring.
GOES-16 Water Vapor bands orographic applications 2017-05-24 Greg Guillot highlights GOES-16 water vapor imagery to clearly show a wave that led to severe turbulence west of Denver International Airport. The imagery was used to decide to close departure gates. Becca Mazur looked at GOES-16 water vapor channels to analyze a mountain wave that led to strong winds near the Laramie Range. The imagery aided in the forecast problem of determining the timing of onset of strong winds in wind prone areas along major roads.
Hail Swaths observed with GOES-16 2017-05-10 Paul Schlatter demonstrates utility of the snow/ice (1.6 micron) band to identify hail streaks on the ground. The 3.9 micron band also provides useful information.
GOES-16 Split Window Difference Product 2017-04-26 Phil Schumacher discusses the Split Window Difference (SWD) Product. SWD is affected by both moisture and emitting temperature. Gradients of the SWD can show moisture boundaries.
Title Date Brief Summary