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A tutorial on Advanced GOES Imagery Applications by the CIRA/RAMM Team at the Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, CO


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's current Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) have the capability to produce higher quality images of weather phenomena on smaller spatial and temporal scales than any other geostationary weather satellite, past or current. Furthermore, advances in computer technology allow forecasters to examine and perform calculations on satellite imagery in near real time on desktop, and even some laptop, computers.

This tutorial utilizes satellite data covering a severe weather outbreak which took place in Kansas and eastern Colorado on 31 May 1996 to demonstrate many of these new capabilities. While it may prove educational to any user, it was created for use by those who have prior experience in the science of meteorology. Imagery from both GOES-8 (located over the equator at 75 deg. W) and GOES-9 (at 135 deg. W) are analyzed using capabilities from the RAMMT Advanced Meteorological Satellite Demonstration and Interpretation System (RAMSDIS), developed by the RAMM Team at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) in Fort Collins, CO.

To proceed to the next "page" in the tutorial (in this case the Table of Contents), always click on the "CONTINUE" button; to go back a "page", click on "PREVIOUS". Click on the "ENLARGE/LOOP IMAGERY" button to view the displayed image in its full resolution or as part of a loop, as the case may be. The Table of Contents (TOC), and other "pages" throughout the module, contain hypertext items (highlighted in blue, underlined letters) which can be clicked upon to allow immediate access to topics not necessarily in the order of intended presentation.

The up Up and the down Down arrows allow jumping quickly to the top or the bottom of a "page". A display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels is recommended for viewing these "pages" as designed.