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Objective Satellite-Based Overshooting Top and Enhanced-V Anvil Thermal Couplet Signature Detection


Scott Lindstrom



Satellite Proving Ground






  • Learn how satellite data can be used objectively to detect features associated with strong thunderstorms.
  • Learn how Overshooting Tops and Thermal Couplets are related to severe weather.

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 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 (222 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 60 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.

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.
  • How to obtain this data in AWIPS
  • GOES Convective Storm Monitoring and Nowcasting Products. Look for Overshooting Tops / Thermal Couplets on this page.
This course is Basic

Some of the information in this training is also covered in the Enhanced-V training session. There are no prerequisites.


Scott Lindstrom

(608) 263-4425