Severe weather in southeastern Wyoming and eastern Colorado

July 29th, 2018 |
Visible images from GOES-15 (0.63 µm, left), GOES-17 (0.64 µm, center) and GOES-16 (0.64 µm, right) [click to play MP4 animation]

Visible images from GOES-15 (0.63 µm, left), GOES-17 (0.64 µm, center) and GOES-16 (0.64 µm, right), with SPC storm reports plotted in red [click to play MP4 animation]

* GOES-17 images shown here are preliminary and non-operational *

A comparison of GOES-15 (GOES-West), GOES-17 and GOES-16 (GOES-East) Visible images (above) showed thunderstorms which produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds (SPC storm reports) from southeastern Wyoming to eastern Colorado on 29 July 2018. The images are displayed in the native projections of each satellite; images from GOES 16/17 are at 5-minute intervals, while those from GOES-15 are at intervals ranging from 4 to 30 minutes (depending on the operational scan schedule for that GOES-West satellite).

The first infrared images (NOAA/NESDIS News) from GOES-17 (below) also showed the development of these severe thunderstorms. The coldest cloud-top Infrared Window (11.2 µm) brightness temperatures over eastern Colorado were around -70ºC (dark black enhancement) after about 2200 UTC.

GOES-17 Infrared (11.2 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-17 Infrared (11.2 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

Images from all 16 spectral bands of the GOES-17 ABI are shown below. Prior to the development of convective storms, mountain waves could be seen over Wyoming and Colorado on Water Vapor bands 8 (6.17 µm), 9 (6.93 µm) and 10 (7.34 µm).

All 16 bands of the GOES-17 ABI [click to play animation | MP4]

Images from all 16 bands of the GOES-17 ABI [click to play animation | MP4]