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GOES Imagery for Forecasting Severe Weather

Dan Bikos

Other contributors and help from: Scott Lindstrom, Jonathan Finch, Jeff Braun, Dan Lindsey, Al Pietrycha, Melissa Goering.



  1. Assessment of model performance - how to gain confidence in particular model solution(s) with observational data.
  2. Air mass identification.
  3. Identification of changes in the pre-storm environment.
  4. Monitor the changing environment during the nowcast to WDM time period.

There is a post-training WES simulation jobsheet associated with this training.


This is an Intermediate course. The following VISIT training sessions are recommended:

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students - to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

  1. Web-based video that can be taken at anytime (streamed, not recommended for low-bandwidth users). Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. Also be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.
  2. Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) - This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (185 MB) from the following link:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start the lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat

  3. Live VISIT teletraining (with an instructor leading the session). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to signup for teletraining. The session will last 75 minutes. This teletraining session uses the VISITview software, where a Windows PC with an Internet connection is needed.

    Please follow the teletraining installation instructions to install the session

  4. iTunes U Course - You may take this course on your iPad (or iPhone) via iTunes U. From your iTunes, enter the enrollment code: DVK-K6C-EY2

    or open this link from your iPad (or iPhone):

  5. YouTube video:

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