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Satellite Interpretation for Coastal Effects


Dan Bikos

Jeff Braun

John Knaff



Archived Training




Other contributors: COMET, WFO Albuquerque, Michael Ekster, Scott Bachmeier, Scott Lindstorm


Objective: Examine the role of GOES satellite imagery in combination with other data in analyzing the following topics:

  • Sea Fog
  • Coastal effects on convection, including:
    • Sea-breeze
    • Convergence zone interactions in the vicinity of coastlines

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 (94 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

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.
  • Gurka, J.J., V.J. Oliver, and E.M. Maturi, 1982: The Use of Geostationary Satellite Imagery for Observing and Forecasting Movement of New England Sea Fog; 9th Conference on Weather and Forecasting, Seattle WA, Amer Meteor Soc, 143-151
  • Hales, John E., 1993: Topographically Induced Helicity Enhancement and its Role in the Los Angeles Basin Tornado Maximum. Preprints, 17th Conf. On Severe Local Storms, St. Louis, Missouri, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98-101.
  • RennĂ³, N.O.D.; H.B. Bluestein, 2001: “A Simple Theory for Waterspouts”. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 58 (8): 927-932.
  • Wilson and W. E. Schreiber, 1986: Initiation of convective storms at radar-observed boundary-layer convergence lines. Mon. Wea. Rev., 114, 2516-2536.
This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Dan Bikos

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Bernie Connell


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