SPoRT Science Seminar Series
SPoRT periodically hosts visitors to learn more about our program and team as well as to discuss opportunities for future collaboration. Typically, during these visits, the guest will present a seminar outlining his or her current work to help provide background on common interests. Please check back soon for information on the next seminar.
Wide World of SPoRT Blog
Heavy morning snow on 03Mar2014 with some freezing rain far southeast
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:08:26
During the weekend of Mar 02-03 2014, several weather features moved northeast across the area. The precipitation started out as rain across West Virginia with some freezing rain, sleet and snow across portions of southeast Ohio. Colder air began to filter into the region and as it did, the precipitation changed from rain to freezing [...]
Product Status Page
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 availability of LDM and FTP products and categorize each product based on its age. Summaries are posted every 10 minutes to the link below.
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SPoRTís partners at the Spaceflight Meteorology Group (SMG) have an interesting use for MODIS sea surface temperature data. The influence of the Gulf Stream Current is important especially since this warm current borders a tongue of cool water that hugs the eastern Florida shoreline. With a large gradient between the two features, the boundary is a common focal point for cloud and storm development. Depending on the synoptic airflow, storms that develop along this boundary may move ashore at Kennedy Space Center and disrupt operations. To help monitor this, SMG overlays visible satellite data (from GOES or MODIS) with the 1 km MODIS sea surface temperature composite. This image is a combination of the MODIS sea surface temperature composite with the corresponding 1 km MODIS visible imagery. The greens indicate warmer sea surface temperatures, while the blues are cooler. The circled region is the western boundary of the Gulf Stream current, with a developing cumulus field following this boundary.
NWS Albuquerque Fog Product Evaluation
The Albuquerque National Weather Service Forecast Office recently evaluated the SPoRT MODIS fog product, also known as the spectral difference, as well as the GOES low cloud base and fog depth products. The Aviation forecaster on the morning of 7 January 2009 used these products to assist in producing and modifying the terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF) for two regional airports: Farmington and Gallup. The main issue was a concern about the validity of the timing of fog at each TAF site in the model guidance for these observation sparse locations. The SPoRT products were valuable, and the Aviation forecaster said, "Seeing where the lower clouds and fog were developing through the evening in the imagery made me much more confident if lower clouds and / or fog did occur, it woud not be until 10Z or after, as remained forecasted in the 06Z TAF."