GLM is here! First beta-release imagery

The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) has completed a product validation review and has been cleared for distribution through the GOES-R Re-broadcast system.  The GLM data are currently in a “beta-status”.  This means that additional updates will occur with the data processing before GOES-R (now GOES-16) moves to the east position in November.  However, this is a great opportunity to get an initial look at the GLM data in real-time.  The two examples below show the first data to be received at 1454 UTC today (5 July 2017) over the eastern United States and for the GLM field of view.  The data have been manually ingested into the National Weather Service’s AWIPS display for demonstration purposes.  Stay tuned for more examples as convection becomes more active!


Figure 1:  The first GLM-beta status observations (in this example 1 minute GLM group density) from the GOES rebroadcast zoomed in over the eastern United States at 1454 UTC on 5 July 2017.


Figure 2:  This is from the same time as Figure 1, but is now showing the 1-minute beta-GLM group density over the entire field of view.

NOTE:  NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite has not been declared operational and its data are preliminary and undergoing testing. Users receiving these data through any dissemination means  (including, but not limited to, PDA and GRB) assume all risk related to their use of GOES-16 data and NOAA disclaims any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. 

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