NUCAPS Soundings surrounding an isolated Thundershower

August 14th, 2019 |

GOES-16 ABI Band 2 (0.64 µm) at 1946 UTC on 14 August 2019 (Click to enlarge)

The GOES-16 Visible (0.64 µm) image above shows a weak thunderstorm over southeastern Oklahoma surrounding an decaying outflow boundary.  (Click here to see an animation of the visible imagery). The convection did not look particularly robust, but it did produce lightning that was detected by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), as shown below.

GOES-16 ABI Band 2 (0.64 µm) and GLM observations of Flash Extent Density at 1946 UTC on 14 August 2019

Lightning requires charge separation in a cloud; typically lightning occurs after the cloud top glaciates. During daytime, glaciation can be detected with ABI Band 5, at 1.61 µm, the so-called Snow/Ice band. The toggle below shows the visible, snow/ice band, and the Baseline Cloud Phase product. Glaciation is indicated.

GOES-16 ABI Band 2 (0.64 µm), Band 5 (1.61 µm) and Baseline Cloud Phase at 1946 UTC on 14 August 2019

This case is interesting because NOAA-20 overflew the convection, and soundings were produced around the convection, as shown below.

GOES-16 ABI Band 2 (0.64 µm) at 1946 UTC on 14 August 2019 along with NUCAPS Sounding Points at 1945 UTC

The animation below steps north-south through seven profiles that surround the weak convection. Note that a profile near the convection has thermodynamic parameters more favorable for convection than at the other profiles.  For example, NUCAPS profiles show the convection at the northern edge of a precipitable water gradient, and also in a local minimum of inhibition.    Although the convection has initiated here, the fields do suggest that NUCAPS can be used to monitor thermodynamics at small scales before initiation.

NUCAPS Soundings at various points north, south and within convection at 1946 UTC on 14 August 2019 (Click to enlarge) Thermodynamic variables from the sounding are noted.

Horizontal gridded information derived from NUCAPS data will be in AWIPS shortly.  See this post from Emily Berndt at SPoRT!

GOES-16 ABI Derived Products such as Cloud-top Phase in AWIPS

August 14th, 2019 |
AWIPS

AWIPS image of the Contiguous US domain showing the ABI 3.9 µm (on the left portion of the image and the ABI 1.6 µm (on the right portion of the image). The readout of the Level 2 cloud-top phase is also displayed.

The above animation shows the ABI 3.9 µm band for regions of less solar illumination and the ABI 1.6 µm “snow/ice” band for regions more fully illuminated. Also shown is a readout of the GOES-16 cloud-type phase product for a point in eastern Texas. Note how the estimates range for this location from clear sky, liquid water, mixed phase and super-cooled droplets. This shows one example of how to use imagery in conjunction with derived products. These images where generated in AWIPS using a procedure.

Cloud-top phase can be found in RealEarth (search on ‘phase’), GEOCAT (direct link to cloud-top type), and the GOES-R cloud page. An archive of netCDF are held in NOAA’s CLASS.

There are many “Level 2” or derived products generated from the ABI radiances. These include, but are not limited to: cloud proprieties, atmospheric motion, fire, stability, sea and land surface temperatures. More information on these products can be found on the Algorithm Working Group web page, product quality web page or these links.

AWIPS image

AWIPS image of the Contiguous US domain showing the ABI 3.9 µm (on the left portion of the image and the ABI 1.6 µm (on the right portion of the image). The readout of the Level 2 cloud-top phase is also displayed.

Record Total Precipitable Water in Alaska

August 14th, 2019 |

Plot of rawinsonde data from Anchorage, Alaska [click to enlarge]

Plot of rawinsonde data from Anchorage, Alaska [click to enlarge]

Plot of rawinsonde data from Fairbanks, Alaska [click to enlarge]

Plot of rawinsonde data from Fairbanks, Alaska [click to enlarge]

Total Precipitable Water (TPW) calculated from rawinsonde data at both Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska were all-time record maximum values at 00 UTC on 14 August 2019.

The microwave-based MIMIC TPW product (below) showed an atmospheric river of moisture moving northeastward toward Alaska during the 2 days leading up to the record-setting TPW values on the Anchorage and Fairbanks soundings. The global view suggested that some of this moisture may have originated from the northern periphery of the TPW reservoir associated with slow-moving Typhoon Krosa in the West Pacific Ocean, being transported eastward then northeastward by a series of frontal waves (surface analyses).

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water [click to play animation | MP4]

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water [click to play animation | MP4]

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water [click to play animation | MP4]

MIMIC Total Precipitable Water [click to play animation | MP4]