Stereoscopic views of diurnal convection over the southeast United States

August 4th, 2010 |

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GOES-15 is observing from a vantage point above the Equator at 89.5 W and GOES-13 is observing from a vantage point above the Equator at 75 W. The two satellites therefore have slightly different perspectives of cloud scenes over the southeast United States. These different perspectives can be exploited to yield stereoscopic views of cloud development, as shown above. Crossed eyes will yield a third image that shows three dimensions so that vertical cloud structures can be discerned. Note in particular the abundant cirrus in the image over the southeast United States.

A short tutorial on cross-eyed stereoscopy is here. Example images — non-meteorological — can be found here.