GOES-14 SRSOR: Severe thunderstorms in the Texas panhandle region

August 20th, 2012
GOES-14 0.63 µm visible channel images (click image to play animation)

GOES-14 0.63 µm visible channel images (click image to play animation)

McIDAS images of 1-km resolution GOES-14 1-minute interval Super Rapid Scan Operations for GOES-R (SRSOR) 0.63 µm visible channel data (above; click image to play animation) showed the development of severe thunderstorms in the Texas panhandle region during the afternoon and early evening hours on 20 August 2012. These storms produced numerous reports of damaging winds (as high as 76 knots or 88 mph) and hail up to 1.75 inch in diameter (SPC storm reports).

The GOES-14 satellite has been brought out of on-orbit storage to be tested in SRSOR mode through the end of October 2012, allowing it to provide images at 1-minute intervals for an extended period of time over special regions of interest (similar to the future GOES-R satellite, which will be capable of producing imagery at 30-second intervals over special sectors of interest).

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