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Satellite Imagery

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NASA's Build a Satellite feature
Tropical Atlantic Overlays for Google Earth
Satellite Imagery
Saharan Air Layer (SAL) Analysis
Satellites covering the West Coast of Africa
More Satellite Imagery

NASA's Build a Satellite feature

NASA imagery is usually not the best looking, but since it allows you to zoom in on areas, it is a very helpful tool. Our site uses NASA's Build a Satellite feature to bring you an easy to use interface to track storms. There site has had some issues lately, so imagery may not be available from time to time.

Our customized satellite page using NASA's Build a Satellite feature.

You can also go directly to NASA's page: Interactive Weather Satellite Imagery Viewers from NASA GHCC
From the GOES East hurricane sector on that page: Visible | Infrared | Water Vapor

Tropical Atlantic Overlays for Google Earth

If you have the free program Google Earth, you can view a massive amount of image overlays in the program using our overlay product.

You can download and open the following file in Google Earth:
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Current Version: 1.19 (May 30th, 2014) - Updated overlays where imagery had moved. Only a couple new overlays were added.


This product contains hundreds of overlays, including image loops, from a wide variety of sources for the Atlantic basin. A computer with a lot of memory and a broadband connection is strongly recommended, most especially for the loops.

Satellite Imagery

Atlantic and Caribbean Tropical Satellite Imagery from NOAA's Satellite Services Division
This is the site you will find yourself probably using the most. A wide variety of views and satellite enhancements make this one of the best places to view satellite imagery. Storm floaters allow you to view closeup images of storms. Question about one of the toggle options on the satellite loops? Click here.

GOES East Satellite Imagery
This site has a lot of the same things you see at the link above. However, there are a few additional views that are worthwhile in some cases, especially for storms in the East Caribbean or near the United States.

Latest Satellite Imagery from the National Hurricane Center's satellite page
The NOAA imagery on this site can be found through the NOAA sites above, but you may find some of the content nearer to the bottom of this page easier to access through this page.

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Monterey's Tropical Cyclone Page
For developed storms and areas of investigation as well, NRL has impressive visible imagery centered right on the storm. The site has IR imagery as well and a lot of other various satellite features that make this one of the best places to research a storm.

University of Wisconsin - Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
This site has a lot of impressive features, including storm centered satellite imagery. It has shear, dust, convergence, divergence, vorticity, wind, ADT estimates, and steering current data you may be familiar with. Click an active storm on the map on the main page and you will access a display with a wide variety of features that allow you to easily overlay storm specific data. A little advaced warning, the "5-Day Movie" option available for some imagery is a Java loop that will use a lot of memory to run and takes a very long time to download if you do not have broadband.

Tropical RAMSDIS Online from Colorado State University
This site has some visible and IR floaters.

Currently Active Tropical Cyclones from Colorado State University and NOAA
This has some of the same storm imagery as the RAMSDIS page, but also has additional imagery that is storm specific and is a very informative resource.

e-WALL: Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Electronic Map Wall: Tropical Atlantic e-WALL
In the left column of that page you will find several different satellite views, including floaters. Once you select a satellite view, you will then see a new left column with more satellite options, including choosing 8, 16, or 24 image loops.

University of Hawaii at Manoa's Institute for Astronomy's Mauna Kea Weather Center: Tropcial Atlantic
A variety of satellite image views from around the Atlantic basin.

Louisiana State University (LSU) Earth Scan Lab
This site has some interesting IR and water vapor imagery. You may find more storm specific imagery here.

During a satellite eclipse period (schedule) this is one of the only sites that I know of that has satellite data:
NOAA's National Weather Service - Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
Know of another? Let me know if you do, because this site only offers satellite imagery near to the US coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, and a limited area of the northern Carib. However, the visible imagery this site offers is very detailed and is very excellent, especially if NRL is not focused on the area you want to look at. This satellite site also usually updates more often than most other sites I have seen, with images sometimes available every 15 minutes or less.

Rapid Scan Operation Real-Time Imagery from Colorado State University (CSU)
This site has satellite imagery that often updates at intervals less than 30 minutes.

Realtime Satellite Images from GOES
A NOAA site that has a few satellite views using some different IR colored imagery, including visible imagery as well. A floater is also available.

Worldview from NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)
"This tool from NASA's EOSDIS allows you to interactively browse global satellite imagery within hours of it being acquired. Use the features described below to find interesting imagery, then save and share what you find."

Saharan Air Layer (SAL) Analysis

Where is the dry air and dust that might affect tropical waves and cyclones?

Split Window East - Meteosat-9 (East and central Atlantic)

Information:
Saharan Air Layer Background
Split Window East Meteosat-9 Product Information

Main page for SAL Analysis: http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/salmain.php?&prod=splitEW&time

NOAA FAQ: About the Saharan Air Layer

Satellites covering the West Coast of Africa

You've probably seen this site at NOAA that only updates every 6 hours:

Meteosat-9 East Atlantic Imagery:
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/imagery/eatl.html

So what's Meteosat-9 and where do the images come from? Are there any available more often? Yes!

EUMETSAT Real-Time Imagery:
http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Images/RealTimeImages/index.html
Click "Meteosat 0 degree near real-time imagery". Then on the next page you will see lots of different types of imagery. Also see the left column for more types under "Visualised Products" and "RGB Composites". For a table view of the options, click on "Latest Images" in the left column.

More Satellite Imagery

Latest colorized GOES-EAST image:
http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/
This image looks nice. It may not be helpful for much of anything, but it does look nice. Sometimes I like to look at it at night because it makes it look as though it were a visible image. It can make some things clearer. It takes a long time to load. (it's about half of a megabyte)

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission: Hurricane Page
The "Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall."
Latest Atlantic storms... (This is not the type of product that updates real often, but it is interesting to see what the last pass available showed.)