GOES-16 visible images of a squall line moving across Virginia

March 1st, 2017 |

GOES-16 Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

GOES-16 Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play MP4 animation]

Note: GOES-16 data shown on this page are preliminary, non-operational data and are undergoing on-orbit testing.

A strong pre-cold-frontal squall line produced widespread severe weather (primarily damaging winds: SPC storm reports) across the eastern US on 01 March 2017. A GOES-16 Mesoscale Sector provided imagery at 60-second intervals during a portion of the day — and ABI 0.5-km resolution Visible (0.64 µm) images (above; also available as a 79 Mbyte animated GIF) showed the well-defined squall line cloud band as it moved across Virginia.  Behind the squall line, note the presence of semi-stationary mountain wave rotor clouds downwind of the Appalachian Mountains. A larger-scale animation is available here.

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