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  • GOES-R ABI-RGB Evaluation

    As part of the preparation for the 2016 launch of the GOES-R satellite, OPG conducted an Operational Impact Evaluation of Advanced Baseline Imager products and RGB composites using Himawari-8 data. Eval exercises focused on forecasters’ ability to accomplish various analysis and forecasting tasks by correctly using and interpreting imagery from fifteen spectral bands and several red-green-blue (RGB) composites, all of which will be available when GOES-R becomes operational. READ MORE...


  • GOES-R 1-MINUTE IMAGERY EVALUATION

    In preparation for the launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)- R Series, the Operations Proving Ground (OPG) hosted six week-long evaluations of 1-minute satellite imagery in the first part of 2015. 17 National Weather Service (NWS) operational forecasters from four regions (Central, Southern, Western, and Eastern) completed eight simulations that were developed using imagery from the 2013 and 2014 GOES-14 Super Rapid Scan Operations for GOES-R (SRSOR) with the primary purpose of assessing the value and usefulness of integrating high temporal resolution satellite imagery into various analysis and forecast applications. Six additional forecasters participated in a follow-up assessment using live 2015 SRSOR imagery. READ MORE...


  • METEOGRAM TRACKING TOOL EVALUATION

    In May of 2014, NWS forecasters from all four CONUS Regions joined product developers, training officials, and OPG staff to conduct a rigorous evaluation of a potential tool for AWIPS-2. The tool is known as the Tracking Meteogram (TM) Tool, an application developed by NASA SPoRT in collaboration with the NWS Meteorological Development Lab. READ MORE...