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Three New SLIDER Features

Building on the recent introduction of the “Lat/Lon Query” feature, a new measurement feature has been added to SLIDER. After querying an initial point, a user can then choose to measure distance, click on a second point, and view the distance in kilometers or miles. Additionally, scale bars have been added when zoomed in to show distance in x and y accurate for the center pixel on the screen. Finally, additional colors (matching map color options) and widths have been enabled for the drawing tool; these colors also apply to the distance measuring annotations. Currently the measurement and scale bar features are only enabled for full disk geostationary imagery, but expansion to other sectors (CONUS, Japan) and JPSS is planned in the future. Additional drawing/annotation tools and improvements are planned in the coming weeks. (POC: M. Niznik and K. Micke CIRA,,; Funding: GOES-R)

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The Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB) of NOAA/NESDIS conducts research on the use of satellite data to improve analysis, forecasts and warnings for regional and mesoscale meteorological events. RAMMB is co-located with the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.