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
Stark contrast in Eastern U.S. soil moisture following Hurricane Matthew
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:03:14
Major Hurricane Matthew left a trail of destruction in its wake from the Caribbean up through the U.S. East Coast. As Hurricane Matthew tracked northward along a large portion of the U.S. Southeast Coast from Florida to North Carolina, the rainfall impacts worsened. Figure 1 shows the weekly rainfall spanning 4-11 October, ranging from ~2-8 [...]
Evaluation of enhanced high resolution MODIS SSTs and the impact on regional weather forecasts
The NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center currently produces a high resolution sea surface temperature (SST) product for use by National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) as an operational diagnostic and also as input for their weather forecast models. This product uses Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data to produce composite SST output with spatial resolution superior to other SST data used to initialize regional weather forecast models. A six month study from February to August 2007 over the marine areas surrounding southern Florida was conducted to compare the use of the MODIS SST composite versus the Real-Time Global SST analysis to initialize the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.
Image of the Day
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An image of the VIIRS day-night band product during the early morning of 12 September 2014 over the Great Falls, Montana county warning area. With 1 km resolution, the low-light sensor observes reflected moonlight off the snow at higher elevations as well as city lights.
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.