Development of an unusal tropical cyclone in the Mediterranean Sea

November 8th, 2011 |
EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 10.8 µm IR images

EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 10.8 µm IR images

A sequence of EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 10.8 µm IR images at 6-hour intervals (above) showed the development of an unusual tropical cyclone over the western Mediterranean Sea during the 06 November – 08 November 2011 time period.

The tropical cyclone was designated “01M” in a bulletin issued by NOAA/NESDIS Satellie Analysis Branch at 18:19 UTC on 07 November:

TXMM21 KNES 071819
TCSMED

A. 01M (NONAME)

B. 07/1800Z

C. 41.1N

D. 5.3E

E. THREE/MET-9

F. T2.5/2.5/D1.5/24HRS

G. IR/EIR/SWIR

H. REMARKS…DT=2.5 BASED ON .5 BANDING ON LOG10 SPIRAL. PT=2.5. MET=2.0. FT IS BASED ON DT. DEEP CONVECTION HAS PERSISTED LONG ENOUGH AROUND THE LOW LEVEL CENTER FOR A TROPICAL CLASSIFICATION.

I. ADDL POSITIONS

NIL

…SCHWARTZ

Wind speeds were estimated to have reached 45 knots according to various satellite analysis techniques.

Shown below is a comparison of EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 0.64 µm visible channel images at 12:00 UTC on 07 November and 08 November.

EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 0.64 µm visble channel images at 12:00 UTC on 07 and 08 November

EUMETSAT Meteosat-9 0.64 µm visble channel images at 12:00 UTC on 07 and 08 November

Augmented Scanning Schedule for GOES-West

November 4th, 2011 |
GOES-15 10.7-micrometer image at new 'sub-CONUS' scale

GOES-15 10.7-micrometer image at new 'sub-CONUS' scale

A new scanning schedule that adds more sectors is being followed for GOES-15 as the satellite drifts westward towards 135 W. When GOES-15 becomes the new GOES-West, replacing GOES-11 (planned to occur on December 6th), the augmented scanning schedule will become operational, offering 1 or 2 additional scans per hour of the Continental United States (at the so-called ‘sub-conus scale’ depicted here). There images scans start at 11 and 41 minutes past each hour (except when full-disks are taken every three hours, in which case only the image at 41 minutes past the hour is produced). Visible image sizes are 2400×4800 pixels; infrared images sizes are 600×1200.

This image shows the current operational GOES-West imager scanning schedule. Here is the augmented schedule. Note the addition of small images just before the nn:15 and nn:45 images. Because GOES-15 is moving, the geographic coverage for the sub-CONUS imagery is not yet where it will be when GOES-15 is on station at 135 W Longitude.

Recall that GOES-15 has improved water vapor imagery resolution over GOES-11. (Link). In addition, the 12-micrometer channel on GOES-11 will be replaced by a 13.3 micrometer channel on GOES-15. In addition, the visible channel will subtly shift to a channel with a narrower response with a peak at 0.63 micrometers.