20 September 1996, 96264

MISTI passes at 12:06 and 23:30 UT.
Didn't get any NOAA data on this day.
GOES 8 IR at 11:45 and 20:45
HSRL lidar at 12:06 and 23:30
GOES 8 11:45 UT Cloud Height and Effective Emissivity.
I didn't save GOES 8 data past 20:45 UT. But it is available in the archive.
GOES 8 20:45 UT Cloud Height and Effective Emissivity.
MPEG IR movie (7:45-13:32 UTC).
MPEG Visible channel movie (11:30-13:15 UTC).

Other GOES 8 analysis times.
  • 7:46 UTC
  • 8:46 UTC
  • 9:46 UTC
  • 10:46 UTC
  • 11:46 UTC
  • 12:46 UTC
  • 13:46 UTC
  • 14:46 UTC


    A variety of mid and upper tropospheric clouds were crossing Everglades City from the northwest.

    12:06 UT MISTI pass.

    GOES 8 found cloud heights from 6.3-12.4 km while the lidars showed cloud bases around 6.0 km (HSRL and VIL). The lidars were block from penetrating through to cloud top by a dense water cloud from 6-7.5 km. The intense backscatter from this water cloud is most obvious on the VIL image.

    The cloud top is most like broken because the IR image shows a variety of temperatures and the GOES 8 sounder cloud heights show a group of 6.3-7.6 km clouds to the west of EVG and then some 11.0-12.4 km clouds southwest of EVG. Two layers are possible, one being the 6-7.5 km layer seen on the lidars with a second thin cirrus layer from 11-12.4 km above. Later, at 13:40 UT, the VIL shows a second thin layer around 13 km which is only visible through holes in the lower layer.

    23:30 MISTI pass.

    The second MISTI over pass occured with nearly clear skies with some very light Ci. The HSRL indicates some very light cirrus from 23:00-23:20 UT. The VIL also found some very light Ci from 12-14 km. The mid-level water cloud from 6-7.5 km was not present. Only a few boundary layer Cu were seen on the HSRL.