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Satellite Interpretation of Orographic Clouds

Instructors:

Dan Bikos

Jeff Braun

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Topic:

Satellite

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Developed:

2007

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Last Updated:

2015

Other contributors: Scott Lindstrom, Scott Bachmeier, WFO ABQ, WFO FGZ, WFO BOU, WFO LOX, WFO VEF, WFO PIH and COMET

Introduction


Objectives:

  1. Identification of various orographic clouds
  2. Satellite interpretation for various events where orography played a significant role.

Topics:

  • Mountain clouds (lee-wave, cirrus, wall)
  • Severe downslope winds
  • Orographic convergence zones
  • Gap winds
  • Impact of orography on convection

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 (134 MB) from the following link: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/satellite_interpretation_of_orographic_clouds/satellite_interpretation_of_orographic_clouds_audio.exe

    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


This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites

Contact

Dan Bikos

Dan.Bikos@colostate.edu

Page Contact

Bernie Connell

bernie.connell@colostate.edu

970-491-8689

Unless otherwise noted, all content on the CIRA RAMMB: VISIT, SHyMet and VLab webpages are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.