High-altitude turbulence over the Southern Plains

May 25th, 2022 |

GOES-16 Upper-level Water Vapor (6.2 µm) images, with pilot reports of turbulence (cyan) — with and without contours of RAP40 model Maximum Wind Speed (yellow) [click to play animated GIF | MP4]

GOES-16 (GOES-East) Upper-level Water Vapor (6.2 µm) images with pilot reports of turbulence — with and without contours of RAP40 model Maximum Wind Speed (above) showed an anomalously-deep 500 hPa trough over the Southern Plains, where there was an anomalously-strong 250 hPa jet streak developing along its forward (eastern) edge. A number of pilot reports of moderate to severe turbulence were seen within the exit region of this jet streak.

In GOES-16 Upper-level Water Vapor images with and without an overlay of a Turbulence Probability product (below), higher probability values were apparent in the area near/along the axis of the 250 hPa jet streak (and the related pilot reports of turbulence).

GOES-16 Upper-level Water Vapor (6.2 µm) images, with pilot reports of turbulence (cyan) — with and without an overlay of Turbulence Probability [click to play animated GIF | MP4]

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).