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
Multiple Atmospheric Rivers Impact California in Early 2017
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:21:38
The state of California has been suffering from a multi-year drought that has severely depleted water resources and reservoir levels. Recent winters have failed to produce precipitation and mountain snows to replenish the losses during the dry summers. However, the situation has rapidly changed this winter, particularly in the past week when multiple atmospheric rivers [...]
WindSat Ocean Surface Wind Vectors to AWIPS for NWS
While the direct measurement of ocean surface winds from buoys are relatively scarce, ocean surface wind vectors inferred from scatterometers (ASCAT and SeaWinds) on-board European (METOP) and NASA QuikSCAT polar orbiting satellite platforms provide global, twice daily, measurements of ocean surface wind vectors under non-precipitating conditions to address various tropical and marine weather forecast issues. Surface wind observations over the oceans are an important parameter to NOAA for diagnostic analysis and short-term marine weather forecast at various NWS WFOs and for assimilation into weather forecast models at various forecast centers.
Image of the Day
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An example of the MODIS Air Mass red-green-blue (RGB) composite product developed using guidelines from EUMETSAT. By using multiple spectral bands, certain air mass characteristics can be delineated that would otherwise go undetected in single channel imagery. Here, the colorful RGB composite identifies warm and cool air masses contrasting on opposite sides of two frontal boundaries associated with midlatitude cyclones traversing the northeastern United States. Physically, the red channel identifies moisture at the mid and upper levels, green identifies ozone rich (polar) and ozone poor (subtropical) regions, while blue depicts upper level moisture.
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.