#17: High performance animation of GOES weather images


Abstract

Geostationary orbit provides a wonderful viewpoint for collecting movies of meteorological processes. Because GOES- 8 images are large and frequent, high-performance workstations and user-friendly software are required to review the current pools of GOES weather imagery at full resolution. During the post-launch checkouts, the GOES-8 and GOES-9 satellites were exercised in rapid-scan imaging modes that challenge most display systems. At NASA-GSFC, the Interactive Imaging Spread Sheet (IISS) software/hardware was used to roan and zoom through gigabytes of GOES image data collected in 1994-95. We use the IISS to examine exciting meteorological features within the hurricanes of 1995 and during typical episodes of severe weather that occur somewhere over the United States every day. The IISS demonstration shows how weather forecaster could make good use of the full resolution and depth of GOES-8 imagery, adapting to the meteorological even as it develops, especially when synchronized with corresponding weather radar.