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The Satellite Rainfall Hydro-Estimator


Charles Kadin

Richard Borneman


Roderick Scofield

Robert Kuligowski (NOAA/NESDIS/ORA)



Archived Training





Charles Kadin, Richard Borneman, and Jay Hanna (NOAA/NESDIS/SAB), Roderick Scofield and Robert Kuligowski (NOAA/NESDIS/ORA)



  • Hydro-estimator overview
  • The SAB precipitation program
  • Operational use of the hydro-estimator plus examples
  • Current and future improvements


  • Understand what the hydroestimator is
  • Learn about the precipitation program of the NESDIS Satellite Analysis Branch
  • Learn how to evaluate and use H-E satellite precipitation estimates for Forecast Office/River Forecast Center operations, particularly as heavy rain/flash flood guidance

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. Web-based video that can be taken at anytime (streamed, not recommended for low-bandwidth users). Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. Also be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.
  2. 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 (37 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.

Web Sites for Satellite Rainfall Estimates:

This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites