Air Mass RGB Product Derived From CrIS and VIIRS Data on Suomi NPP

CrIS/VIIRS Air Mass RGB Image

NASA/MSFC’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project has been transitioning unique NASA research satellite data to numerous National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices for the last 10 years to help them improve short-term weather forecasts of hazardous weather conditions. For the last year, several additional NWS Centers of Excellence including the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Hydrologic Prediction Center (HPC), and the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) have been using unique multichannel satellite composite products produced by SPoRT from NASA’s MODIS and the European SEVIRI instruments to monitor large scale weather systems that pose significant weather threats to the United States. These products are currently being used to monitor Hurricane Sandy. One of the more useful products is the Air Mass RGB composite product from SEVIRI and MODIS. Unfortunately VIIRS is missing the water vapor and ozone channels needed to produce this product. However, SPoRT has recently produced an advanced “Air Mass” composite satellite product, fusing data from both CrIS and VIIRS on the Suomi NPP satellite, to help forecasters monitor the development of this storm. The product is now available to the NWS in NAWIPS and KML format, the latter used to view the data via Google Earth. A sample of that product is shown below.

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