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Fire and Ice

Hunter Coleman (via CIRA IST)

Temperature RGB values for
first number
RGB values for
second number
Fill or
Interpolate
Red Green Blue Red Green Blue
54.5 to 43.5 247 0 16 243 220 0 I
43 to -20 250 250 250 0 0 0 I
-20.5 to -39 11 113 115 15 255 255 I
-40 to -109 243 0 247 55 0 185 I

Designed for IR Satellite images. The warm end of the curve (red to yellow) is designed for fire detection. The remainder of the curve highlights the cloud tops colder than -20, used for water/ice cloud discrimination.

Screenshot image of this color enhancement below.