Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Probability from GOES-17

April 7th, 2022 |

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) are rules and guidelines put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration that govern conditions in which “flight by outside visual reference is not safe”, whether by low clouds or fog. Cloud and reflectance data from geostationary satellites GOES-16 and GOES-17 provide a satellite IFR Probability product, by detecting fog and low stratus. More information on this product can be found here.

An example of GOES-17 IFR Probability is shown below in Southern California on April 7, 2022 at 1546UTC, displaying GOES-17 IFR Probability, IFR advisories issued by the Aviation Weather Center, and GOES-17 red band reflectance.

GOES-17 IFR Probability, IFR advisory, and GOES-17 Band 2 (0.64┬Ám) reflectance on April 7, 2022 at 1546UTC.

The full domain of GOES-17 IFR Probability may be useful for ocean prediction. GOES-16/17 IFR products are available on RealEarth.

The GOES-17 IFR Probability and Band 2 reflectance for the full GOES-West “CONUS” domain, April 7, 2022 at 1546UTC.