Still my Favorite Analysis ToolAs my Synoptic Meteorology Professor Dr. Ken Crawford would say, "There is a lot of Meteorology happening there." Seems like that can always be said every time you look at a 1km visible satellite image. Put it into motion and then you have something truly amazing.
Here you go, I won't add any loops so no need to lock the door or dim the lights.
GOES WestStands for Geostationary Operational Earth Satellite and has 2 satellites west and east. Best I found was from Here. Great menu and offers a low and hi res version. This was from July 17th and shows the western US.
|Provided courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Madison\|
Space Science and Engineering Center
1km Visible Images of the Current Washington State Wildfire
|Got this from the NWS in Pendleton, OR|
The National Weather Service has some great tools to get close up views of any area. This image was from the Pendleton, OR office. These closeup views you can really see what is happening with the weather that day. This shows the smoke from the fire complexes in Washington State along with the low clouds due to the on shore flow in Western Washington.
This Visible Satellite has some limitations:
- Only can be used during daylight hours
- May not distinguish between low and high clouds (Both look white)
- Clouds and snow can look the same
Lots of Meteorology Happening Here
|Photo Courtesy NEXLAB-College of Dupage|
From just this image you can determine:
- Areas affected by the smoke
- Inversions keeping the low clouds and the smoke trapped in the valleys.
- An estimate of the wind direction (Northwest)
A Look from Below
|Washington Department of Transportation|
Smoke has lifted just a bit but you can see the extent of the smoke in this traffic camera which is in Western Washington.
Another Great Resource is NASA
One site that always deserves a daily visit is NASA Earth Observatory. It is not just a satellite gallery but also contains many other graphics that result from NASA research. Along with the image they will often highlight certain features and offer an explanation on the impact of the event.