Wind analysis from GOES-14 SRSOR imagery

Robert Rabin(1,2)

Chris Velden, Dave Stettner, Steve Wanzong(2)

NOAA/NSSL(1) and UW-Madison/CIMSS(2)


Winds are estimated every 10 minutes from the automated satellite winds algorithm under development for GOES-R at the Cooperative Instutute of Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Sequences of three GOES-14 images, separated by 3 minutes (visible), 5 and 10 minutes (IR, SWIR and WV) are used to compute winds.

Table 1. Latest Winds
Winds at selectable pressure levels
Winds and pressure assignments

Table 2. Animation of winds during past hour

 layers:1000-800, 800-600, 600-400, 400-200, 200-50 hPa

HTML5 based applications used for interactive animations were developed by Tom Whittaker of the Space Science and Engineering Center  SSEC, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The animations can take a while to load, depending on network speed, computer systems, etc.



Rabin, R. M., S. F. Corfidi, J. C. Brunner, C. E Hane, 2004: Detecting winds aloft from water vapor satellite imagery in the vicinity of storms. Weather, 59, 251-257. Click here

Rabin, R.M., J. Brunner, C. Hane, J. Haynes: Water vapor winds in vicinity of convection and winter storms. P3.4. 11th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, 15-18 October 2001, Madison, WI.  To view the extended abstract (as a pdf file) Click here.

        A more complete manuscript including an analysis of several convective cases is available by clicking here .


    Global winds: For real-time and archived data and more information on the satellite winds program at CIMSS see the "Tropical Cyclones Homepage":  Click here

Disclaimer. The products from GOES or other satellites shown here are experimental. These have been generated within a research environment and are not intended to be considered operational. Timeliness, availability, and accuracy are sought but not guaranteed.

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