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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 Learn Center

  1. Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) – This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (96 MB) from the following link:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start the lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat

  2. Live VISIT teletraining (with an instructor leading the session). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to signup for teletraining. The session will last 75 minutes. This teletraining session uses the VISITview software, where a Windows PC with an Internet connection is needed. Please follow the teletraining installation instructions to install the session.
  3. iTunes U Course – You may take this course on your iPad (or iPhone) via iTunes U. From your iTunes, enter the enrollment code: ENC-DSA-7Z2 or open this link from your iPad (or iPhone):

  4. 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