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Three Classes of Storm Top Signatures in Infrared Satellite Data

Instructors:

D. Zaras

K. Winston

J. LaDue

S. Bachmeier

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Topic:

Archived Training

Satellite

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Developed:

1999

Introduction


The goal of this session is to demonstrate how Infrared satellite image temperature patterns on thunderstorm tops correspond to the environment. This session will introduce three classes of signatures. The enhanced-V will be shown to belong to Class II. By dividing thunderstorm signatures into three classes the student will be better able to locate storm updrafts in IR satellite imagery.

Training Session Options


  1. Web-based training session – a “stand alone” version viewed via a Web browser, with embedded talking points included. http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/three_classes_of_storm_top_signatures_in_infrared_satellite_data/web/purpose.html

References/Additional Links


  • IC 9.1.2: The Enhanced-V: A Satellite Severe Storm Signature
  • Multispectral Analysis of Convection” COMET SatMet Course presentation
  • Adler, R.F., and R.A. Mack, 1986: Thunderstorm cloud top dynamics as inferred from satellite observations and a cloud top parcel model. J. of Atmos. Sci., 43 (18), 1945-1960.
  • Roach, W.T., 1967: On the nature of the summit areas of severe storms in Oklahoma. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 93, 318-336.
This course is Basic

This session is designed to accompany IC 9.1.2: The Enhanced-V: A Satellite Severe Storm Signature also taught via teletraining and known as the Integrated Sensor Training PCU 9.2.1 Enhanced-V teletraining session. The material is derived from the following papers and from Jim LaDue’s “Multispectral Analysis of Convection” COMET SatMet Course presentation The following materials are also recommended:

Adler, R.F., and R.A. Mack, 1986: Thunderstorm cloud top dynamics as inferred from satellite observations and a cloud top parcel model. J. of Atmos. Sci., 43 (18), 1945-1960.

Roach, W.T., 1967: On the nature of the summit areas of severe storms in Oklahoma. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 93, 318-336.

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