About this blog

August 28th, 2006 |

The intent of this blog is to showcase examples of meteorological satellite imagery and products that are available to (or created by) scientists and researchers at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), located at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) . Interesting and/or educational satellite images that are relevant to current (or recent) weather events will be shown and discussed; if no significant or newsworthy weather events are happening elsewhere in the US (or the world), we will usually focus on satellite imagery over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

The majority of the satellite images posted on this blog are created using one or more of the following sources:

  1. The SSEC Data Center, processed using McIDAS
  2. AWIPS workstations at CIMSS
  3. The SSEC MODIS Direct Broadcast and SSEC MODIS Today sites
  4. The CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site
  5. The SSEC RealEarth web map server

Most of the image animations are created using the Animated GIF format or the Java applet AniS, but MP4, YouTube, and QuickTime is used for some of the longer (and larger file size) animations (see additional information on the Java and QuickTime animations).

Funding for work on the CIMSS Satellite Blog includes projects such as VISIT, SHyMet, and the GOES-R Proving Ground.

The images contained on this blog are in the public domain; however, if you choose to use them for any publications, we ask that you give credit to the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the CIMSS Satellite Blog, feel free to send us email.

You can also follow @CIMSS_Satellite on Twitter, for other examples of satellite imagery that might not necessarily get posted on this blog.


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