About this blog
The intent of this blog is to serve as an easily-searchable (by Category, Date or Keyword) library of meteorological cases from 2006 to present, showcasing a variety of satellite images and products that are available to (and/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/recent weather events (or notable historic events) will be featured, along with other pertinent information to provide some meteorological context. This blog replaces the CIMSS GOES Gallery, which was a less comprehensive collection of events from 1994-2006.
The images found in this blog are in the public domain; however, if you choose to use them for media or publications, we ask that you credit CIMSS / UW-Madison.
The majority of the satellite images posted on this blog are created using one or more of the following sources:
- SSEC Satellite Data Services, processed using McIDAS
- AWIPS workstations at CIMSS
- The SSEC MODIS Direct Broadcast, SSEC MODIS Today and VIIRS Today sites
- The CIMSS Tropical Cyclones site
- SSEC RealEarth
Most of the image animations posted are in the Animated GIF and/or MP4 formats; in some earlier cases, the Java applet AniS, YouTube, and QuickTime was 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.
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.