Frequently asked Questions - and answers.
Where can I get real-time GOES-16 (GOES East) data?
Lots of places! But we reccomend this site from the UW-Madison: https://www.aos.wisc.edu/weather/wx_obs/GOES16.html
Where can I get real-time GOES-17 (GOES West) data?
Lots of places! But we reccomend this site from the UW-Madison: https://www.aos.wisc.edu/weather/wx_obs/GOES17.html
What time range should the GOES data be from?
For GOES-16, anytime after June 1st 2017 and for GOES-17 after mid-December (to be refined) 2018.
What areas can we investigate?
Any area that GOES-16 (or -17) can observe, which covers North and South America and the surrounding oceans.
Where do we access historical (non- real-time) GOES-16 data files?
https://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/goesdata.html#data shows that recent files can be accessed from the cloud, while older files (weeks to months) via NOAA's CLASS (Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System).
What files should we access for ABI data?
While the "radiance" files could be used, the most useful might be the Cloud and Moisture imagery (CMI) file that contain reflectance factor values for the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) bands 1-6 and brightness temperature for ABI bands 7-16.
How does one decode a ABI CMI file name?
OR_ABI-L2-CMIPC-M3C02_G16_s20182831802203_e20182831804576_c20182831805093.nc means it was produced operationally, ABI sensor, Level-2 (derived product), Cloud and Moisture imagery product; Conus sector, Scan Mode 3, Channel 2, GOES-16, image start in the year 2018, ordinal date of the year of 283, 18:02.203 UTC and the end and central image times for this netCDF.
What's an ordinal date?
Where can I find out more about the ABI and it's band uses? What's each
ABI scan mode?
What spectral bands are on the ABI?
What are the 3 domains scanned by the ABI?