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Imagery and Data

February 16, 2018

Multiple rows of cumulus clouds appear over Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in this image captured by the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument on February 15, 2018. The southwesterly atmospheric flow pattern can be seen in the orientation of the clouds, as warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico moved from southwest to northeast. These southwest winds led to a mild, springlike day across much of the southern and eastern United States.

 
 
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Real-Time Imagery


Combined GOES East visible and infrared imagery over the continental United States

Visible and Infrared Imagery

This imagery combines the latest half-hourly GOES infrared and visible images with NASA's "Blue Marble" data set to create real-time animations of the weather systems over the continental United States during the past 72 hours.

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GOES East colorized infrared imagery over the continental United States

Colorized Infrared

Infrared images can be "colorized" or "color-enhanced" to bring out details in cloud patterns. Depending on the type of enhancement, the colors are used to signify certain aspects of the data.

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GOES East colorized water vapor imagery over the continental United States

Water Vapor

Water vapor imagery, which is useful for both determining locations of moisture and atmospheric circulations, is created using a wavelength sensitive to the content of water vapor in the atmosphere.

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VIIRS True Color

Although true color images like this may appear to be photographs of Earth, they aren't. They are created by combining the color channels of the Suomi NPP satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument. These channels, which are sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light, are combined into one composite image. Several other channels are often also included to cancel out atmospheric interference that can cause a blurry picture. RGB composites are used for many applications, such as differentiating snow/ice from cloud, ash/smoke from cloud, or even the boundaries between warm and cold air masses.

 

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Snapshot of Hurricane Katrina's track from the Historical Hurricane Tracks mapping app

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