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Cyclogenesis: Analysis Utilizing Geostationary Satellite Imagery


Dan Bikos

John Weaver

Roger Weldon

Toby Carlson

David Vallee



Winter / Sat






  • 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

NOAA/NWS students – to begin the training, use the web-based videoYouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learning Center.

  1. YouTube video:

References/Additional Links

  • Talking points are available for this lesson and may be printed out to easily review the session in detail at any time.
  • 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.
This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Dan Bikos

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