SPoRT Transitioning WindSat Data

Ascending WindSat Swath from 1051 UTC 15 July 2011, and GOES-East Water Vapor from 1115 UTC 15 July

Ascending WindSat Swath from 1051 UTC 15 July 2011, and GOES-East Water Vapor from 1115 UTC 15 July

SPoRT is retrieving WindSat radiometer data (on the joint Navy/NOAA/DoD satellite called Coriolis, launched in 2003) from the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, CA.  The data have been produced using a recently improved NRL algorithm. SPoRT uses QC flags to remove low quality obs, converts the data into an AWIPS format, and sends to WFOs in Alaska, as well as Monterey.

In the image above, WindSat data from an ascending pass over the north Atlantic has been overlaid with GOES water vapor imagery.  SPoRT is expediting the WindSat transition by leveraging existing AWIPS infrastructure from the now-defunct QuikSCAT satellite, so it should look familiar to NWS forecasters.

After a check-out period, SPoRT hopes to provide the data to several National Centers and other coastal SPoRT partners.

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