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Cyclogenesis: Analysis utilizing Geostationary Satellite Imagery


Dan Bikos

Jeff Braun

John Weaver

Roger Weldon

David Vallee

Toby Carlson



Intern Course




Other contributors: Brian Motta, Donald Moore, Stephen Jascourt, NWSFO BOX, SEW and MHX


The objectives of this session are:

  • Examine various conceptual models of cyclogenesis (basic, split flow, cold air, instant occlusion and in-stream).
  • Learn to utilize a blend of conceptual models, satellite imagery, and NWP output in diagnosing cyclogenesis

Training Session Options:

    • A.) Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime. Certificates of completion for NOAA employees can be obtained through your Science Operation Officer or training point of contact.
      Create a directory, then download the audio playback file (it is about 87 MB in size) from the following site into that directory:

    • OR

    • After extracting the files into that directory click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson.

References/Additional Links

Bader, M.J., G.S. Forbes, J.R. Grant, R.B.E. Lilley, and A.J. Waters, 1995: Images in Weather Forecasting. University Press, Cambridge, Great Britain, 499 pp.

Harrold, T.W. 1973: Mechanisms influencing the distribution of precipitation within baoclinic disturbances. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. , 99 , 232-251.

Carlson, T.N., 1980: Airflow Through Midlatitude Cyclones and the Comma Cloud Pattern. Mon. Wea. Rev. , 108 , 1498-1509.

Young, M.V., G.A. Monk and K.A. Browning, 1987: Interpretation of satellite imagery of a rapidly developing cyclone. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. , 113 , 1089-1115.

Browning, K.A., and N.M. Roberts, 1994: Structure of a frontal cyclone. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. , 120 , 1535-1557.

Talking Points

Talking points – these may be used by local offices in tandem with the audio playback version of the training session. The talking points may be printed out to easily review the session in detail at any time. The talking points may be

downloaded as a Word document

This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Dan Bikos

    (970) 491-3777