SPoRT Science Seminar Series
SPoRT periodically hosts visitors to learn more about our program and team as well as to discuss opportunities for future collaboration. Typically, during these visits, the guest will present a seminar outlining his or her current work to help provide background on common interests. Please check back soon for information on the next seminar.
Wide World of SPoRT Blog
Stellar VIIRS Radiance Captures Multiple Features May 25, 2013
Sat, 25 May 2013 18:23:36
The full "flower" moon provided stellar radiance images from the VIIRS imager overnight. Several interesting atmospheric and landscape features can be seen in the image from 147am on May 25th.
Product Status Page
Though we're not 24/7, SPoRT strives to provide the most timely and reliable data products to its partners and end users. A system has been developed to monitor the availability of LDM and FTP products and categorize each product based on its age. Summaries are posted every 10 minutes to the link below.
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Much of north and central Alabama were devastated by numerous, powerful tornadoes that swept across the state on 27 April 2011. One of the major tasks after the storms was getting survey crews out to analyze the storm paths and assess the strength of these storms. This helps emergency managers have a broad overview of where the storms hit so that aid can be provided. One product that SPoRT experimented with after the storms was a difference image using 500 m MODIS imagery from both before and after the tornadoes. This difference image clearly shows where the larger tornadoes (EF-2 or greater) tracked across the state. The image here shows the EF-4 Tuscaloosa tornado (center track), along with a major tornado both north and south of Tuscaloosa.
NASA SPoRT GOES-R proving ground activities
The NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) program is a partner with the GOES-R Proving Ground (PG) helping prepare forecasters understand the unique products to come from the GOES-R instrument suite. SPoRT is working collaboratively with other members of the GOES-R PG team and Algorithm Working Group (AWG) scientists to develop and disseminate a suite of proxy products that address specific forecast problems for the WFOs, Regional and National Support Centers, and other NOAA users. These products draw on SPoRT's expertise with the transition and evaluation of products into operations from the MODIS instrument and the North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array (NALMA).