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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

  2. Live VISIT teletraining (with an instructor leading the session). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to signup for teletraining. The session will last 75 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.
  • 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.
  • Rennó, 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 (970) 491-3777