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
Nighttime Microphysics for GOES-16
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:48:22
The Nighttime Microphysics RGB Imagery, provided by S-NPP VIIRS in above image, efficiently highlights the low cloud and fog areas in aqua to dull gray,to allow forecasters to better see wherehazards exist to transportation (aviation, public, or marine). This VIIRS image also provides forecasters with a look at the new geostationary capabilities that will be [...]
New AIRS Ozone Anomaly Product for Identifying Stratospheric Air
SPoRT has been using the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Total Column Ozone product to diagnose the presence of high-potential vorticity, warm, dry, ozone-rich stratospheric air in RGB Air Mass imagery. The presence of stratospheric air is important for identifying regions susceptible to stratospheric intrusions and tropopause folds. Stratospheric intrusions and tropopause folds aid cyclogenesis, produce strong low-level non-convective winds, and also promote or suppress convection by changing the stability of the atmosphere via downward transport of warm, dry, high potential vorticity air. SPoRT has developed an AIRS Ozone Anomaly product to assign significance to the high ozone values seen in the Total Column Ozone product.
Image of the Day
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The Albuquerque, New Mexico National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office has been using SPoRT Geo/Polar hybrid products. The hybrid inserts the high-resolution polar-orbiting data, when available, into a standard GOES image. This allows end users to loop the high-resolution data as GOES provides the observations when polar data is unavailable. This particular image is a water vapor hybrid from 1731 UTC on 4 January 2011. The high-resolution MODIS data in this hybrid image clearly shows a mountain wave over southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Additionally, what appear to be aircraft contrails can be seen in the southwest United States and northern Mexico.
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.