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Use of SPoRT LIS at WFO Tucson
Fri, 24 July 2015
Just a quick initial note to show a few things we have been looking at with NASA SPoRT LIS and some of the satellite imagery so far.
1) We have had a limited sample size so far this year, but we have been looking at integrating LIS volumetric soil moisture and relative soil moisture into the Dust Storm decision making process (both short fused warnings and our longer term new "Watch"-like product). Here is the 0-10cm Volumetric soil moisture image from Wednesday, coincident with a moderate outflow (up to 20 kts) that pushed northward from Pima county into Pinal County. Not a strong outflow, but one that can generate enough dust for reduced visibilities (likely not to warning levels).
SPoRT Satellite Analysis Assists with April 27, 2011 Tornado Damage Assessments
The April 25-28, 2011 tornado outbreak will be long remembered across the southeastern United States for its intensity and duration. At its peak on April 27, several large, damaging, long-tracked tornadoes came very close to home for the SPoRT team. The tornadoes damaged several team members’ houses, and created a region-wide power outage that kept the Huntsville area -- including the SPoRT Center -- in the dark for nearly a week.
Image of the Day
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A major tornado outbreak occurred across the Southeast on April 28, 2014. Several EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes occurred across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Imagery from the International Space Station’s (ISS) ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV) were used to view the track of an EF-4 tornado that tracked through the city of Louisville, MS. The image above was taken six days after the tornado and shows the true color imagery from ISERV as well as the EF Scale Damage Indicators overlaid on top of the tornado track.
Ingest and Product Status Pages
Though we're not 24/7, SPoRT strives to provide the most timely and reliable data products to its partners and end users. A system has been developed to monitor the health of our real-time data ingest and availability of LDM and FTP products. Summaries are posted every 10 minutes to the links below.