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Forecaster Training for the GOES-R Fog/low stratus (FLS) Products


Scott Lindstrom

Mike Pavolonis

Corey Calvert



Satellite Proving Ground





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  1. Learn how the GOES-R Fog/Low Stratus product improves upon the traditional brightness temperature difference (BTD) product
  2. Understand how the GOES-R FLS product is created
  3. See examples of how the product should be used in different geographic regions.


  1. GOES-R ABI Introduction
  2. Fog / Low Stratus description and definition
  3. Traditional Fog Detection Methods and problems with them
  4. The GOES-R FLS Product and how it improves on traditional methods
  5. Examples

This is an experimental GOES-R Proving Ground Product designed to foster GOES-R readiness.

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students – to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube 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. Live VISIT teletraining session led by an instructor (30 minutes). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to see the current schedule and sign up. Upon registering for a teletraining session, you will receive an email with a link (GoToMeeting or WebEx) to connect to the session.
  2. 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 (200 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

  3. YouTube video:

References/Additional Links

This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Scott Lindstrom

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