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Introduction to POES Data and Products





Archived Training






  1. Introduction
    • What is POES?
    • Why use POES data?
    • What are the problems with POES data?
      • “At what time can I expect fresh data over my area of responsibility?”
      • “Why are there gaps in coverage over the Pacific during certain 3 to 4 hour time intervals?”
  2. POES Orbits and Coverage
    • The basic orbit
    • One vs. two orbiters
    • Timing of orbit/data swaths
    • Data blinds
    • The data playback, receipt, processing, and delivery cycle
  3. Examples of Products
    • COMET Web-modules
    • Visible and infrared imagery
    • Derived imagery products
    • Scatterometer winds
    • Microwave derived product imagery
    • Microwave and infrared sounding products
  4. Real-time POES data access
    • POES data and AWIPS-LDAD (NWS)
    • Servers and Internet links
  5. Summary and Evaluation
    • Review of major points
    • Potential future sessions
    • Suggested topics for future sessions
  6. Questions

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 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 (75 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. VISITview playback without Audio – You may step through the VISITview file on your own to view the presentation. If talking points are available, you may use these in tandem with going through the slides.

    Create a directory to download the playback file from the following site:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on the visitlocal.bat file to start the lesson. Advance slides on your own using the navigation controls (i.e., the Next button will advance to the next slide)

This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites

Page Contact

Bernie Connell


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