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Category: GOES-16

30-second images of thunderstorms that produced damaging winds (with some fatalities) in the Houston, Texas area

Overlapping 1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sectors provided 30-second interval GOES-16 (GOES-East) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) — which showed thunderstorms that produced damaging winds (with some fatalities) across the Houston area (SPC Storm Reports) on 16 May 2024. Widespread structural damage occurred in downtown Houston — and there were also power outages across much of the area.The corresponding 30-second GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window... Read More

Blowing dust in West Texas

5-minute CONUS Sector GOES-16 Ash RGB images (above) showed a pulse of blowing dust — lofted by thunderstorm outflow winds gusting as high as 70 kt or 81 mph — that was moving southward across West Texas late in the day on 16 May 2024. This dust reduced surface visibility... Read More

Smoke over the Gulf of Mexico

5-minute CONUS Sector GOES-16 (GOES-East) images of the Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) derived product (above) showed very high AOD values of 1.0-1.8 over the Gulf of Mexico on 14 May 2024 — associated with dense smoke from ongoing seasonal burning activity in parts of Mexico and Central America. This smoke had been... Read More

Wildfires in British Columbia

10-minute Full Disk sector GOES-18 (GOES-West) Day Land Cloud Fire RGB, Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm), “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) and “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) + Fire Power derived product (a component of the GOES Fire Detection and Characterization Algorithm FDCA) images (above) showed signatures of multiple wildfires across northeastern British Columbia on 10 May 2024 — including the Parker Lake Fire... Read More