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Derived Products

The images in the table below are derived products that have been generated from the GOES-12 and -10 imager and sounder data. They have become instrumental to the operational forecaster in assessing the pre-storm environment and filling voids in data fields such as the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico. In addition, many of these products are now entered into the numerical models serving to produce more accurate forecasts. 

Precipitable Water Lifted Index Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) Cloud-Drift and Water Vapor Winds GOES-12/10
Sea Surface Temperatures for the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast Sea Surface Temperatures for the World Temperature and Moisture Soundings
**The images in this table are courtesy of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Operational Products Development Team **

Satellite Derived Precipitation Estimates

These products are developed by using the cloud top temperatures and an algorithm developed by the NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Flash Flood Team.

Instantaneous Precip 1-hour Precip 3-hour Precip
6-hour Precip 24-hour Precip


An excellent way to get yourself familiar with the world of satellite meteorology is to review the following tutorials on GOES satellites and imagery interpretation.

Status of Satellite Operations

For the latest information on satellite maneuvers, rapid scan times, and data outages, visit the NESDIS Satellite Operations Status report site.

Additional Satellite Links

The links on this page placed special emphasis on the central U.S. and the Gulf Coast region. For additional information not available on this page, the following satellite sites are highly recommended. In addition, many of these sites maintain satellite archives of at least 24 hours.