Dry and windy conditions have been the norm across New Mexico for the last several months. We’ve used the MODIS GOES Hybrid mostly to track wildfires and blowing dust. Today, June 1, 2011, we finally were able to evaluate the hybrid product during a severe event.
The image below shows two images taken from the Hybrid loop comparing the GOES imagery and the MODIS hybrid 15 minutes later. The WarnGen polygon is included for reference. Note not only improved resolution of the cold tops (-77C) but also a better agreement with the location of the coldest tops and the warning based on radar data in the lower panel, or MODIS image. Also note the cold tops near the Colorado border. A warning was subsequently issued on that storm as well.