Author Archives: Jorel Torres

Polar orbiting and geostationary lake ice monitoring

Monitoring lake ice coverage over the Great Lakes via satellite is vital and affects shipping industries, tourism and recreation, especially over the winter months when ice develops, grows and expands over the lakes. According to the Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis … Continue reading

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Radar and satellite ‘snowfall rate’ observations

Forecasting snowfall and snowfall rates can be quite challenging, especially in radar-limited and or radar-deprived regions. A polar-orbiting satellite ‘Snowfall Rate’ product can be used together with radar observations to help anticipate snowfall rates, identify snowfall areal extent and snowfall … Continue reading

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Popocatépetl Volcanic Eruption

Popocatépetl Volcano erupted overnight, spewing volcanic ash emissions, from 0200-1600UTC, 15 February 2019. Geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites observed this atmospheric phenomenon from 00-16 UTC, 15 February 2019. GOES-16 3.9um  A hot spot (i.e. white, warm brightness temperature) is produced from … Continue reading

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VIIRS Captures Ice/Ocean Movements

By Lewis Grasso and Jorel Torres VIIRS captures interesting imagery in the Arctic. From 0314 UTC to 1233 UTC, 13 February 2019, VIIRS, on-board NOAA-20 and S-NPP, imaged fascinating features in the Arctic. In particular, imagery from Band I4 (3.74um) … Continue reading

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Observing sea surface temperatures from GOES and JPSS

Observing sea surface temperatures (SSTs) from satellite is an important aspect in weather forecasting for a variety of applications. Applications consist of (but not limited to) forecasting hurricane intensity, sea fog, and convection over the oceans. But remember, oceans are … Continue reading

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