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Use of GOES RSO imagery with other Remote Sensor Data for Diagnosing Severe Weather across the CONUS (RSO 3)


Dan Bikos

John Weaver

Dan Lindsey

Jim Purdom








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Contributors: Dolores Kiessling (COMET), Jaime Daniels (NESDIS/ORA), CIMSS, WDTD, eastern and southern region HQ, and personnel from the following WFO’s – BOI, PUB, RNK, PBZ, SGF, ILN


This is the third in a series of VISIT teletraining sessions on GOES Rapid Scan Operations (RSO) Imagery. The first session is titled Using GOES Rapid Scan Operations (RSO) Imagery in AWIPS and concentrated on what RSO is and how to call it. The second session is titled Mesoanalysis of convective weather using GOES RSO imagery and concentrated on incorporating satellite data in the short-range forecast, nowcasting, and warning decision making processes.

The teletraining session consists of two parts. Both parts must be completed to get a certificate of completion as there are different points made in each part. Both parts 1 and 2 are contained in the same file. Each part takes about 75 minutes to complete. The Web-based video / audio playback versions take about 130 minutes.


  1. To review principles of using RSO to:
    • Identify different air masses
    • Analyze storm scale features
  2. To demonstrate how RSO imagery is used most effectively with other datasets such as lightning, radar etc.
  3. To present advanced case studies:
    • Severe weather cases that encompass a variety of regions across the CONUS
    • Application on multiple scales

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. 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 (231 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. 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.
  • Using GOES RSO Imagery in AWIPS
  • Mesoanalysis using GOES RSO Imagery
  • NESDIS GOES sounder single field of view (SFOV) product images
  • NESDIS GOES sounder single field of view (SFOV) soundings
  • Purdom, J.F.W., 1976: Some uses of high-resolution GOES imagery in the mesoscale forecasting of convection and its behavior. Mon. Wea. Rev., 104, 1474-1483
  • Scofield, R.A. and J.F.W. Purdom, 1986: The Use of Satellite data for Mesoscale Analyses and Forecasting Application. Chapter 7 in the book Mesoscale Meteorology and Forecasting, P.S. Ray, editor, Amer. Meteor. Soc., Boston, MA, 118-150.
  • Davies, J.M., C.A. Doswell III, D.W. Burgess, and J.W. Weaver, 1994: Some noteworthy aspects of the Hesston, Kansas tornado family of 13 March 1990. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 75, 1007-1017.
  • Markowski. P.M., E.N. Rasmussen, and J.M. Straka, 1998: The occurrence of tornadoes in supercells interacting with boundaries during VORTEX-95. Wea. Forecasting, 11, 852-859.
  • Weaver, J.F., 1979: Storm motion as related to boundary-layer convergence. Mon. Wea. Rev., 107, 612-619.
  • Weaver, J.F., and S.P. Nelson, 1982: Multiscale aspects of thunderstorm gust fronts and their effects on subsequent storm development. Mon. Wea. Rev., 110, 707-718.
  • Weaver, J.F., and J.F.W. Purdom, 1995: An interesting mesoscale storm-environment interaction observed just prior to changes in severe storm behavior. Wea. Forecasting, 10, 449-453.
  • Bikos, D., Weaver, J., and B. Motta, 2002: A Satellite Perspective of the 3 May 1999 Great Plains Tornado Outbreak within Oklahoma. Wea. Forecasting, 17, 635-646.
  • Browning, P., Weaver, J.F., and Connell, B., 1997: The Moberly, Missouri, Tornado of 4 July 1995. Wea. Forecasting, 12, 915-927.
  • Purdom, J.F.W. 1990: Convective Scale Weather Analysis and Forecasting. Chapter VII-8 in Weather Satellites: Systems, Data, and Environmental Applications, Rao, P.K., Holmes, S.J., Anderson, R.K., Winston, J.S., Lehr, P.E, editors, Amer. Meteor. Soc., Boston, MA, 285-304.
  • Krauss, T.W. and J.D. Marwitz, 1984: Precipiation Processes within an Alberta Supercell Hailstorm. J. Atmos. Sci., 46, 1025-1034.
  • Lemon, L.R., 1976: The Flanking Line, a Severe Thunderstorm Intensification Source. J. Atmos. Sci., 33, 686-694.
  • Rasmussen, E.N., S. Richardson, J.M. Straka, P.M. Markowski, and D.O. Blanchard, 2000: The Association of Significant Tornadoes with a Baroclinic Boundary on 2 June 1995. Mon. Wea. Rev., 128, 174-191.
  • Weaver, J.F, J.A. Knaff, D. Bikos, G.S. Wade, J.M. Daniels, 2002: Satellite Observations of a Severe Supercell Thunderstorm 24 July 2000 made during the GOES-11 Science Test. Wea. Forecasting, 17 (1), 124-138.
  • Weaver, J.F, and D.T. Lindsey, 2004: Some frequently overlooked visual severe thundertorm characteristics observed on GOES imagery – a topic for future research. Monthly Weather Review, Vol. 132, pp. 1529-1533.
This course is Intermediate

Mesoanalysis RSO is a prerequisite. It is strongly recommended that you go through Lightning Meteorology I and Lightning Meteorology II.


Dan Bikos

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