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
NASA SPoRT Helps Prepare for GOES-R
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 04:11:48
November 19th has been eagerly anticipated by the meteorological community as it is the launch of the next-generation GOES-R satellite. The satellite will carry a suite of space weather instruments as well as two Earth observing sensors. The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) will provide three times more channels to view the Earth, four times greater [...]
WRF Model using Cloud Computing Captures Central America "Tehuantepecer" Event
The Tehuantepecer is a strong mountain-gap wind traveling through Chivela Pass in eastern Mexico typically occurring in the late Autumn and Winter months. Tehuantepecers originate when post-coldfrontal northerly winds over the western Gulf of Mexico advance equatorward as a strong high pressure system moves into the U.S. Southern Plains. The gradient wind accelerates southward by cold air damming and blows through the gap in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Wind speeds can reach up to hurricane force in extreme scenarios in the Gulf of Tehuantepec. A Tehuantepecer event was accurately forecasted by the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model runs over Central America in which peak winds exceeded 25 m/s.
Image of the Day
(click to enlarge)
Red-green-blue (RGB) composite imagery are a way to combine multiple satellite-observed channels into a single product. The combination, while requiring training to best understand, can improve the diagnosis of satellite observations. This particular image, shared by the Ocean Prediction Center, is from the MODIS air mass RGB composite at 1130 UTC on 23 September 2014 as an extra-tropical system approaches the West Coast. The RGB helps delineate between warmer, moist air (greens) and drier air (oranges) being entrained into the system.
Ingest and Product Status Pages
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 health of our real-time data ingest and availability of LDM and FTP products. Summaries are posted every 10 minutes to the links below.