Satellite Products for Evaluating Convective Maintenance

Satellite Products for Evaluating Convective Maintenance

This advanced lesson provides users with best practices for using GOES-R/16/17 and JPSS satellite products to aid in the forecast process for convective maintenance. The lesson uses a convective case study to help learners understand how to use the products to assess convective maintenance. In addition to conventional satellite imagery at high temporal resolution, the forecaster will use Flash Extent Density (FED) and Minimum Flash Area (MFA) imagery from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), GOES-Derived CAPE, NUCAPS soundings from JPSS, and the CIMSS/NOAA ProbSevere product to aid in their forecasts.

Learners should already be familiar with thunderstorm signatures from radar reflectivity and velocity, visible (Channel 2) and infrared (IR, Channel 13) imagery, environmental analysis from radiosonde soundings, and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Flash Extent Density (FED) product.