SSEC News Archive

End of Year Highlights 2017

A milestone year for satellite scientists, late 2017 saw the launch of the polar-orbiting satellite JPSS-1 while earlier in the year, routine data began streaming from its newest geostationary counterpart, GOES-16. In between these events, our scientists, engineers, and students continued to provide the people of Wisconsin, and around the world, with cutting-edge research on the Earth and its atmosphere.

Our selected highlights provide a window into our commitment to science through research, education, and public engagement. As 2017 comes to a close, we are looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Steve Ackerman
Interim Director

  1. The road to launch: SSEC scientists’ efforts to calibrate and validate CrIS and VIIRS on JPSS-1

    SSEC and CIMSS scientists are ensuring the instruments on board JPSS-1, as well as their measurements, are properly calibrated and validated. Our researchers were critical to developing CrIS and VIIRS, detectors designed to advance understanding of atmospheric conditions and improve weather predictions.

    Published: October 24, 2017
  2. Thunderstorm potential: Predicting cell strength over the Great Plains

    A promising new method to predict thunderstorms in near real-time provides additional reliable information to forecasters. UW-Madison student Jessica Gartzke matches satellite measurements to radiosonde measurements to construct a more accurate picture of convective available potential energy.

    Published: August 30, 2017
  3. 2017 Eclipse over U.S.

    At the end of summer 2017 a noteworthy solar eclipse made its way across the continental US. SSEC captured the day's events using data from GOES-16 to produce a vivid 4K video of the eclipse path.

    Published: August 21, 2017
  4. The Weather Act of 2017

    The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 aims to strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather warning and forecasting, and improve cooperation among government agencies, research institutions, and industry.

    Published: August 7, 2017
  5. New all-hazards ProbSevere model targets tornadoes, hail, wind

    Researchers at CIMSS, working with NOAA scientist Mike Pavolonis, have upgraded a unique statistical severe weather model, known as ProbSevere, that can now target the timing of specific hazards such as tornadoes, hail, and wind.

    Published: July 27, 2017
  6. Lake Michigan Ozone Study

    SSEC researchers have joined a $1.3 million multi-agency partnership to unravel the mystery of ozone over Sheboygan and near-by cities to understand how pollution moves along the western shoreline.

    Published: June 30, 2017
  7. At the crossroads: Turkish student studies Saharan dust from Wisconsin

    Burcu Kabataş, a Turkish graduate student from Istanbul Technical University working with researchers at CIMSS, has been learning how to apply the latest remote sensing techniques to study the effect of Saharan Dust on air quality in the Eastern Mediterranean.

    Published: June 16, 2017
  8. SSEC’s David Tobin receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research

    Each spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison honors a few academic staff members for their exemplary contributions to the university in teaching, service, leadership, outreach, and research – learn about David Tobin’s contributions to the field of satellite meteorology and why he was chosen this year.

    Published: April 11, 2017
  9. Anatomy of a tornado-Using supercomputers to mirror nature’s fury

    New supercomputer simulations give meteorologists unprecedented insight into the structure of monstrous thunderstorms and tornadoes. CIMSS scientist Leigh Orf leads a group of researchers who use computer models to unveil the moving parts inside tornadoes and the supercells that produce them.

    Published: March 13, 2017
  10. Antarctic Meteorological Research Center helps determine Antarctica’s highest temperatures

    The World Meteorological Organization announced new records for the highest temperatures ever observed in three specific regions of Antarctica based on ground observations, including automatic weather station data collected and maintained by SSEC’s Antarctic Meteorological Research Center.

    Published: January 30, 2017
  11. Hank Revercomb: Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

    Hank Revercomb, senior scientist and former director at SSEC, was nominated by his peers and elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Meteorological Society for his achievements and contributions to the atmospheric sciences.

    Published: January 30, 2017
  12. GOES-16: First light in true color

    On January 23, 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the GOES-16 “first light” images of Earth in high resolution. SSEC and CIMSS, along with other partners, have worked with NOAA and NASA to usher in this new era of geostationary satellites, offering striking imagery of the planet and its weather.

    Published: January 23, 2017
  13. Hurricanes approaching U.S. coast more likely to weaken during active hurricane periods

    New research published in Nature by NOAA scientist James Kossin, based at CIMSS, seeks to explain the relationship between the number of hurricanes that develop in the Atlantic basin and the number of major hurricanes that make landfall.

    Published: January 04, 2017