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Distinctive Satellite Views

By: Rainman32 , 08:40 PM GMT del 05 Maggio 2010

Blog repository for unusual satellite views and diverse resources for the familiar as well.

I hope you enjoy your perusal of this content and please feel free to contribute and share any uncommon views or sources that you may have.

Google Earth Weather Overlay Resources: - An excellent way to gather and visualize sources.

Google Earth Blog: Storm Tracking With Google Earth

Google Earth Community: New TropicWatch Layer

guiWeather KML Warehouse

NASA Imagery in Google Earth

NSIDC Data on Virtual Globes

OnEarth, KML via tiled WMS

RIDGE Image and Warning Output to KML/KMZ

Google Earth Imagery from SSEC

Google Earth TRMM Overlays

Tropical Atlantic Overlays for Google Earth from Tropical Atlantic [KMZ]

National Weather Service GIS Data Links National Weather Data in KML/KMZ formats

Realtime WDSSII Weather Data (KML)

Weather Bonk Realtime Weather Observation Overlays

Video: Storm Tracking with Google Earth


NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

NASA - NASA Multimedia Page

science@nasa - Multimedia

YouTube - NASAexplorer's Channel NASA Goddard TV

YouTube - NOAAVisualizations's Channel The NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab

TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) Club

Global TRMM 3 Hourly And A Week Of Rain Accumulation
Regional TRMM Based Rainfall
TRMM Hurricanes & Typhoons
TRMM Extreme Events

JAXA Global Rainfall Map in Near Real Time
JAXA TRMM Real-Time Monitoring for Tropical Cyclones

NASA GES DISC Hurricane Portal:
Image Gallery
Hurricane Data Analysis Tool
Hurricane Viewer

HyDIS UNESCO NASA Global Precipitation Mapper
TRMM Online Visualization and Analysis System (TOVAS)
Tropical Rainfall Potential (TRaP)- DMSP SSM/I, NOAA AMSU, and NASA TRMM
NOAA Satellite Precipitation Estimates
Nesdis Ora Flash Flood Hydro-Estimator
Experimental Geostationary Rain Estimation
CIRA's AMSU Website

Real Time POES Imagery Rain Rate Loops
West Atlantic and Caribbean AMSU Rain Rate Loop
Eastern Atlantic AMSU Rain Rate Loop
Gulf of Mexico AMSU Rain Rate Loop

West Atlantic and Caribbean SSM/I Rain Rate Loop
Eastern Atlantic SSM/I Rain Rate Loop
Gulf of Mexico SSM/I Rain Rate Loop

MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)

SSEC PDA Animated Weather (PAW)

MODIS Image of the Day

MODIS Rapid Response System
MODIS Rapid Response System - Gallery
MODIS Rapid Response System - Subsets

NASA Direct Readout
NEO: NASA Earth Observations
NASA Global Browse Images for MODIS land products
NASA LAADS Web -- Level 2 Browser

MODIS Direct Broadcast at SSEC (Terra)
University of Wisconsin Direct Broadcast Products Page
USF MODIS Direct Broadcast Data Products
MODIS Direct Broadcast at Oregon State University

RSAC / DRL MODIS Data Products


GOES High Density Winds Page
MMAB/NCEP/NWS/NOAA Satellite Derived Ocean Surface Winds
OSI SAF ASCAT product viewer
PO.DAAC Hurricane/Typhoon Tracker
RSS / QSCAT Data / Browse
Remote Sensing Systems / Storm Watch / Active Storms
SSMI Shared Processing Network
WINDS Home Page
WindSat Home Page


Distributed Information Services for Climate and Ocean Products and Visualizations for Earth Research (DISCOVER)
GHRSST-PP - Global High-Resolution Sea Surface Temperature
IMCS Marine Remote Sensing Satellite Images
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory Ocean Remote Sensing
NASA Ocean Color
Near Real Time Image Distribution Server (NEREIDS)
NOAA 1/4 degree Daily OI SST Analysis
NRL Code 7333 - Ocean Optics
OceanColor Home Page
Ocean Surface Topography from Space
Physical Oceanography DAAC
U.S. Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center

More Unusual and Diverse Views

Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS
ASTER: Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
Aura Earth Observing Mission
Aura Earth Observing System (EOS)
CloudSat NASA
DMAP Team (NRLSSC) - NRL's GIDB® Thin Client
Earth from Space
EarthNow! Landsat Image Viewer
Earth Scan Laboratory at LSU
EUMETSAT - Image Gallery - Real-Time Imagery
Satellite Fog and Low Cloud Images (NOAA/NESDIS)
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
GEMPAK / N-AWIPS (Realtime Images on right)
GOES East WFO Satellite Imagery
GOES Project Science
GOES Realtime Satellite Images from (FPDT-NOAA/NESDIS)
GRACE - Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment
GraceTellus Data
IPS MeteoStar Weather Satellite Imagery
GFZ's Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE)
JHU/APL AVHRR Dynamic Tracking Windows
MIRAVI - Meris Image Rapid Visualization
Navy Aerosol Analysis and Prediction System (NAAPS)
NASA GHCC Derived Products from GOES East
NASA Langley Satellite Page for ARM SGP
NASA LaRC Satellite Imagery and Cloud Products
NASA LIMA: Faces of Antarctica
NASA MSFC Earth Science Office
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
NEMOC Rota Satellite Imagery Portal
NESDIS GOES Sounder Derived Product Imagery
NexSat, NRL/NPOESS Next-Generation Weather Satellite
Next Generation Weather Lab College of DuPage
NMOC Satellite Imagery
NMOC Tropical IR Satellite with buoy observations
NOAA NWS Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS)
NOAA AWC - International Satellite Imagery
NOAA Environmental Visualization Program
NRL Monterey Images with NOGAPS Overlays
OnEarth, server of the Landsat 7, WMS Global MosaicNASA - Eyes on the Earth
opefs.com: Our Planet Earth From Space
Operational Microwave Surface and Precipitation Products System (MSPPS)
OSDPD Satellite Imagery Products
OSU Twister, Satellite
Preview - Earth Observation Satellites and Sensors
Remote Sensing Systems
SERVIR regional visualization and monitoring system
South Florida Water Management District Satellite Images
STORMSURF Atlantic Ocean Current Weather
Texas Meteorological Satellite Images
NASA - THEMIS Mission Site
Total Ozone Analysis using SBUV/2 and TOVS (TOAST)
Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - UCAR/NCAR Satellite page
University of Illinois Polar Research Group The Cryosphere Today
University of Washington Weather Graphics Loops
GOES Volcanic Ash Images (NOAA/NESDIS)
WW2010 Satellite Products: UIUC

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16. Rainman32
07:48 PM GMT del 01 Luglio 2010
Emmy Gets It! I try to share the beauty I see in some of nature's most destructive forces.. it all depends on the perspective you are looking at it with.

Here is a wrap for Alex:

1 July 2010

The TRMM satellite flew over hurricane ALEX on 30 June 2010 at 2102 UTC (5:02 PM EDT) and collected data used in the rainfall analysis on the right. Hurricane ALEX, with 80 knot(92 mph) winds, was increasing in intensity and became a powerful category 2 with winds of 85 knots (~98 mph) before coming ashore in northeastern Mexico later that evening. Data from the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) were used in this colorful contoured rainfall analysis.

The TMI rainfall analysis shows that ALEX had a well defined eye containing powerful thunderstorms that were dropping extreme amounts of rain. The analysis indicates that an area in southeastern Texas that was away from the center of the hurricane had the most intense rainfall with rain rates over 36 mm/hr (~1.41 inches).

an animation that shows flood potential near Alex.
Heavy rain amounts (from satellites) and flood inundation calculations (from a hydrological model) are updated every three hours globally with the results shown on the "Global Flood and Landslide Monitoring" TRMM web site pages.

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15. EmmyRose
06:24 PM GMT del 30 Giugno 2010
How can something so beautiful be so ugly?
Wow - I heard he wobbled a bit more north
but they are still keeping Alex on the same

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14. Rainman32
06:22 PM GMT del 30 Giugno 2010

30 June 2010

as predicted by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, ALEX intensified after entering the warm waters of the southwest Gulf of Mexico. The rainfall analysis on the right was constructed using data captured by the TRMM satellite on 29 June 2010 at 1350 UTC (9:50 AM EDT). At that time the sustained winds around ALEX were estimated to be 60 knots (~69 mph). ALEX continued to strengthen and was classified as a hurricane early on 30 June 2010. This made ALEX the first hurricane in the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.

The rainfall analysis used TRMM Precipitation Radar (PR) data (shown as the lighter swath) and TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) data. The TMI data shows that a heavy band of precipitation was spiraling into the center of ALEX's intensifying circulation. The precipitation analysis was overlaid on visible and infrared data from TRMM's Visible Infrared Scanner (VIRS). In this image a Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES East) visible image was used to fill in locations not viewed by the TRMM satellite. ALEX was predicted by the NHC to make landfall in northeastern Mexico early on 1 July 2010 with winds of 85 knots (~98 mph).

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13. Rainman32
12:45 PM GMT del 30 Giugno 2010
The eye of Alex is now in view from Brownsville on RainmanWeather 3D Weather Radar.

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12. Rainman32
04:07 AM GMT del 30 Giugno 2010
RainmanWeather 3D Weather Radar is getting a very nice display of outer bands from Brownsville, Corpus is coming in too.

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11. Rainman32
11:54 PM GMT del 28 Giugno 2010

27 June 2010

Tropical depression ALEX was near the western coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula when again seen by the TRMM satellite on 27 June 2010 at 2213 UTC (6:13 PM EDT). ALEX had weakened and wasn't dropping the very heavy rainfall that had occurred a day earlier causing deadly flooding. ALEX has been predicted by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida to increase to hurricane strength in the next three days while moving toward the westnorthwest over the warm waters of the southwest Gulf Of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Alex

By June 27, 2010, floods and landslides caused by Alex had killed at least 10 people in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador, according to the Agence France-Presse. Although Alex had weakened to a tropical depression, it was expected to re-strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico. By June 28, 2010, Alex was indeed intensifying.

This image shows Alex’s rainfall amounts, as observed by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), on June 26, 2010. Color-coded precipitation amounts (red is the highest and blue is the lowest) are superimposed on a photo-like image. Areas of especially intense rainfall-50 millimeters, or almost 2 inches per hour-occur primarily along the borders of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Lighter, although still substantial, rainfall amounts occur over the entire region.

On June 28, 2010, Alex’s growing strength prompted the U.S. National Hurricane Center to issue a hurricane watch for the Texas coast south of Baffin Bay to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and for the Mexico coast from the mouth of the Rio Grande to La Cruz. As of 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time on June 28, Alex was roughly 535 miles (860 kilometers) southeast of Brownsville, Texas, and had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles (95 kilometers) per hour.

Agence France-Presse. (2010, June 27). First Atlantic storm kills 10 in Central America. Montreal Gazette. Accessed June 28, 2010.
National Hurricane Center. (2010, June 28). Tropical Storm Alex Advisory Archive. Accessed June 28, 2010.

NASA image courtesy the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Caption by Michon Scott.
Instrument: TRMM

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10. Proserpina
10:20 PM GMT del 27 Giugno 2010
Here we go again! Hurricanes not my favorite weather action!
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9. Rainman32
10:16 PM GMT del 27 Giugno 2010
Rain's Choice for Hurricane Sat Image, Click for animation.
Credit: Intellicast

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8. LowerCal
11:58 PM GMT del 23 Giugno 2010
Carbon Copy Orbiting Carbon Observatory

From Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | NASA gives Taurus another chance to launch OCO craft:
The second Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO 2, will launch in February 2013 on a Taurus XL 3110 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., NASA announced Tuesday.
OCO 2 will pinpoint carbon sources and sinks, or regions where carbon is emitted and absorbed into and from the atmosphere. The 1,170-pound satellite will carry a three-channel spectrometer instrument to detect changing concentrations and movements of atmospheric carbon dioxide, including human-produced greenhouse gases.

Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., is the Taurus rocket's operator and builder. The company will also provide the OCO 2 spacecraft, which will be a carbon-copy of the Orbital-built satellite lost in the 2009 launch failure.
The Taurus rocket's nose fairing did not separate during the flight, weighing down the accelerating launcher and keeping it from reaching orbit. The fairing was supposed to jettison in two halves about three minutes after liftoff.

Investigators were unable to pin down the root cause of the failure, but an independent board found four potential causes of the mishap and recommended fixes for each one.
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7. surfmom
10:59 AM GMT del 23 Giugno 2010
Morning Song from Mister Sun
to Mister Rain & Lady Aqua

Music of the sun recorded by scientists
The sun has been the inspiration for hundreds of songs, but now scientists have discovered that the star at the centre of our solar system produces its own music.
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6. Proserpina
10:27 AM GMT del 20 Giugno 2010
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5. Rainman32
10:56 PM GMT del 14 Giugno 2010
Near and Far..

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4. Proserpina
08:22 PM GMT del 28 Maggio 2010
Happy Memorial Day Pictures, Images and Photos
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2. Rainman32
09:44 PM GMT del 20 Maggio 2010

20 May 2010

TRMM captured data used in the image above on 20 May 2010 0714 UTC just before tropical cyclone LAILA came ashore in eastern India. LAILA was at tropical storm strength with winds estimated at about 50 knots (~57.5 mph) at that time. Very intense rainfall of over 50mm/hr (~2 inches) is shown over land northwest of the storm's center in this analysis of TRMM rainfall data. Data from TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) and TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) instruments were used in the rainfall analysis. These data were overlaid on a combined Visible and Infrared image from TRMM's Visible and Infrared Scanner (VIRS). To this date at least six people were reported killed in incidents related to LAILA and many fishing boats damaged. LAILA was forecast to weaken to tropical depression intensity by 22 May 2010 while moving to the northeast inland parallel to the eastern India coast.

The 3-D image above was made using data from TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) and shows that the powerful thunderstorms northwest of tropical cyclone LAILA shot up to heights above 17.5 kilometers (~57,415 feet).

TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA.

Images and Captions by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC)

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1. Rainman32
08:41 PM GMT del 05 Maggio 2010
Heavy Rains in Kentucky and Tennessee

Extreme rain inundated Tennessee and Kentucky on May 1-2, 2010. A line of severe thunderstorms moved over the states on Saturday, May 1, and a high-pressure system blocked the storms from moving east. Trapped in place and fed by humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, the storms unleashed heavy rain on Tennessee and Kentucky. By 7:00 p.m. on May 2, rain gauges on the ground recorded between 10 and 19 inches (250-480 millimeters) of rain in the hardest hit regions.

This image shows rainfall totals between May 1 and May 3, 2010, as recorded by the Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis, a near-real-time rainfall analysis based on rainfall measurements collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. Pockets of dark blue indicate heavy rain with totals greater than 200 millimeters (8 inches). Lighter shades of blue indicate less rain. The most intense rain stretches in a line across Tennessee and Kentucky, corresponding to the area affected by the thunderstorms.

The rainfall totals in this image don't perfectly match totals recorded on the ground. Rainfall gauges measure rain at a single location on the ground, while satellites record rainfall totals across a broader region. This means that in the satellite data, extremely heavy rain is averaged out by lighter rain nearby. Satellites provide a consistent view of the distribution of rain, while rain gauges record local rainfall totals.

The intense rain shown here caused severe flooding throughout Tennessee, particularly in Nashville. In Nashville, the National Weather Service recorded 7.21 inches of rain at the airport, breaking the record for the most rain received on a single calendar day. The two-day total (13.53 inches in Nashville) more than doubled the previous two-day record, said the National Weather Service.

Buchman, H. (2010, May 4). An explanation of the devastating Tennessee flooding. AccuWeather.com. Accessed May 4, 2010.
National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office. (2010, May 2). Historic rain event breaks many Nashville records. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed May 4, 2010.
National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office. (2010, May 2). Updated weekend rainfall totals. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed May 4, 2010.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using near-real-time data provided courtesy of TRMM Science Data and Information System at Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
Instrument: TRMM - MPA
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