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Archive: Tue Aug 2012

GOES-14 SRSOR: Fires in northern California

McIDAS images of GOES-14 1-minute interval Super Rapid Scan Operations for GOES-R (SRSOR) 4-km resolution 3.9 µm shortwave IR channel data and 1-km resolution 0.63 µm visible channel data (above; click image to play animation) showed a number of significant wildfires burning across parts of northern California on 21 August 2012. The... Read More

Fog and Low Stratus Detection

Water clouds, such as those that develop when fog and low stratus form, have different emissivity properties at short IR wavelengths (around 3.9 µm) compared to longer IR wavelengths (around 11 µm). At shorter IR wavelengths, water cloud do not emit as blackbodies, meaning less radiation is emitted than is... Read More