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A Quick First Look at the GOES-R Fog and Low Stratus Product
Friday, November 13, 2015
So, here at NWS HUN, I've recently begun ingesting and looking at the GOES-R Fog and Low Stratus (GOES-R FLS) Product. True, while this is not a SPoRT product, it is a part of the GOES-R Proving Ground and is certainly worthy of operational evaluation and comparison with other GOES-R and JPSS Proving Ground products provided by SPoRT and other entities. So, this morning, I noticed a relatively extensive patch of what appeared to be mid and high clouds streaming across southern Texas in advance of a weak, sheared trough in the SW CONUS and NW Mexico.
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).
Image of the Day
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NASA SPoRT has been collaborating closely with several partners to access new ground-based lightning mapping arrays (LMA) in order to transition these data to operational forecasters. The goal is to familiarize forecasters with total lightning (cloud-to-ground and intra-cloud observations) ahead of the GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper. The image above is from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology’s Langmuir Lab LMA and is one of the earliest displays transitioned by SPoRT to the Albuquerque, New Mexico Weather Forecast Office. Occurring at 0202 UTC on 23 July 2014 the source density shows a small amount of lightning occurring on the northeastern side of Albuquerque. The advantage of this imagery is that it shows more than just a point location for lightning and that lightning activity is extending for 30 km north to south and 20 km east to west.
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.