Windsat Monitors Ocean Surface Winds in Wake of Irene

Ocean surface wind vectors from Windsat on the Coriolis satellite on the southeast side of hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011.

An enhanced retrieval algorithm developed by scientists at the Naval Research Lab in Monterey, California allows for improved retrieval quality and spatial coverage of ocean surface wind vectors from the Windsat instrument on the Coriolis satellite.  SPoRT has been making these data available to forecasters for the last few months.  The Windsat radiometer can sense the ocean surface winds through the clouds allowing for greater coverage around storms.  The image below shows Windsat vectors in AWIPS along with  (verifying) buoy data.

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