View and animate GOES-16 and GOES-17 Full-Disk IFR/Low IFR Probability fields in RealEarth

May 25th, 2022 |

GOES-16 and GOES-17 Full-Disk IFR and Low IFR Probability fields are now available in RealEarth. IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Probability estimates the likelihood that IFR conditions are occurring. You can view and animate real-time satellite IFR probability in RealEarth.

Finding IFR and Low IFR fields in RealEarth for GOES-16 and GOES-17 full disk.
Comparing GOES-17 IFR and Low IFR for 05-25-2022 at 15:10UTC, and animating GOES-17 IFR fields in RealEarth over Hawai’i for the last 12 available GOES-17 time steps (10-minute resolution from 13:10 to 15:20UTC).

Haboob over Nebraska on 05-12-22 seen by GOES-16

May 12th, 2022 |

GOES-16 provided a view of a haboob over Nebraska on 05-12-2022. A haboob is an intense dust storm or “wall of dust” that occurs in dry conditions in high winds, which were recorded in Nebraska up to 80 mph. Haboobs can bring low visibility and even no-visibility blackouts that cause road closures. These dust storms are typically rare in the midwest. However, moderate drought conditions have made dust available in the Plains region. Similar dust storms were reported in areas of South Dakota and Iowa as the same system moved eastward.

A haboob, an intense dust storm indicated by a red arrow, is shown by a GOES-16 true color animation on 05-12-2022 from 20:00 to 22:00UTC over southern Nebraska. This visualization is available in RealEarth.

GOES-16 GLM Lightning detection over Minnesota

May 12th, 2022 |

Wednesday, 05-11-2022, brought storm damage and copious amounts of lightning over Minnesota and parts of South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) detected the flash extent density over these areas. A NEXRAD radar composite shows a large bow echo signature around 05-12-2022 01:25Z that spanned the entire lower half of Minnesota. Storms are still currently pushing through eastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin and forecast to bring severe thunderstorms throughout the afternoon. There are also continuing threats of flooding in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

GOES-16 GLM Flash Extent Density and Band 13 reflectance on 05-12-2022 from 00:03 UTC to 16:43 UTC.
GOES-16 Band 13 reflectance with NEXRAD Reflectivity on 05-12-2022 from 00:05 UTC to 16:45 UTC.

The GOES-16 GLM Flash Extent Density product is available on RealEarth here. Near-real-time GLM visualizations are available as well as archived visualizations of GLM going back 3-4 days.

Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fires continue in New Mexico

May 5th, 2022 |

The Calf Canyon fire, which began on April 19, 2022, and the Hermits Peak fire, which began on April 6, 2022, both continue to burn in northern New Mexico. (Recently posted on the CIMSS blog here and here.) The Hermits Peak fire began as a prescribed burn under what were believed to be favorable conditions. The district ranger of the Las Vegas Ranger District is quoted to have said “Our prescribed burn from last Wednesday was the cause of the Hermits Peak Fire. With that said, we take full responsibility and with a heavy heart, we are really sorry for what happened.”

The wildfires combined on April 23, 2022, but can be seen in the GOES-16 imagery below to now exist in two separate areas in western Mora and San Miguel counties.

GOES-16 visible Band 2 (0.64 micron) imagery showing wildfire burning in New Mexico from 15:51 UTC to 16:46 UTC on 05-May-2022.
GOES-16 derived fire temperature overlayed on Band 2 imagery, from 15:51 UTC to 16:46 UTC on 05-May-2022.
A containment map of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires as of 05-May-2022.