1. I have utilized the MODIS SST to get a feel for warm eddies and the “cooler” shelf waters. Comparing the observed SST values with PORTS data and buoys shows a discrepancy of 4-7 degrees cooler temperatures in the MODIS SST data than the obs over the Gulf and as much as 10 degrees over the bays. The bay issue may be a function of sampling 1 KM box and contact with land…but even so the warmest water depicted in Galveston bay shows 86 degrees whereas PORTS observations at Eagle Point-90°F and Pleasure Pier 92°F.
2. The HGX office has added the MODIS SST data to our local 4km WRF run and saw an immediate improvement in precip forecasts over the water and with morning streamer showers moving inland.
SST image available until it is over-written at