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GOES-R Cloud and microphysical products, fog and low stratus

Scott Lindstrom, Andy Heidinger, Michael Pavolonis, Patrick Minnis, and Andi Walther


This module is part of the satellite foundational course for GOES-R (SatFC-G). This particular module covers the GOES-R Cloud Products and includes information on Fog and Low Stratus. GOES-R Cloud Products, such as Cloud Mask, Cloud-top Properties (Height, Pressure, Temperature), Cloud Optical Depth and Cloud Phase can help a forecaster more completely describe cloud attributes and anticipate weather events related to specific cloud types. The temporal cadence and horizontal resolution of the products is discussed, as well as the accuracy and use of the products


This is a basic course. There are no prerequisites.

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. YouTube video:

  3. Download video (recommended for low-bandwidth users) - This is an audio playback version in the form of an Articulate Presenter video and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the video file from the following link:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the presentation.html OR index.html file and the video will begin to play in your browser. Be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.

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