SR SSD 2002-15
5/2002

Technical Attachment

2000 and 2001 Atlantic Hurricane Season GOES-8 IR Imagery Movies
Donovan Landreneau, WFO Lake Charles

1. Introduction

The National Climatic Data Center holds various sorts of climatic information, including satellite data. One such form of satellite data that always interested me was the Hurricane Season Cloud Motions produced between 1976 and 1986. The production of such sequences has not been available since 1987.

For those of you, such as satellite and hurricane enthusiasts, researchers, and educators, who would like to see these sequences again, look no further. I am pleased to announce a new innovative product called 2000 and 2001 Atlantic Hurricane Season GOES-8 IR Imagery Movies.

2. Description

This product presents a chronological succession of GOES-8 infrared satellite imagery for the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico from August 4 to November 26, 2000 and June 1 to December 5, 2001. The time between images is ½ hour, with the exceptions of occasional short spurts of data outages and satellite eclipses. Figures 1 and 2 show samples of the images.

The optimum format to view this movie with the highest resolution (720 pixels wide, 480 pixels tall) is DVD (Digital Video Disc) or DV (Digital Video) tape. The DVD is recorded on a 4.7 GB General Purpose DVD-R, and plays just like a movie DVD. This should play in most DVD-ROM drives on computers with the proper DVD player software, as well as most home DVD players capable of playing DVD-R discs. The DV tape consists of either an 8mm (Hi8) video tape recorded in DV mode, or a miniDV tape. You would need either a DV camcorder or DV tape deck to view it.

For those without DVD or DV tape players, this movie can be duplicated on a VHS tape as well. However, the resolution will be less than of the DVD or DV tape.

3. Availability

While the 2000/2001 movies were developed by the author, the duplication of this project is available through the National Climatic Data Center. In addition, the Hurricane Season Cloud Motions produced between 1976 and 1986 have been made available on a 2-DVD set. For more information contact:

Satellite Services Group                                             Attn: Axel Graumann

National Climatic Data Center, Room 120                 Telephone: 828-271-4850

151 Patton Avenue                                                     Facsimile: 828-271-4876

Asheville, North Carolina 28801-5001                      E-mail: ncdc.satorder@noaa.gov

4. Future Plans

The 2000 and 2001 Atlantic Hurricane Season GOES-8 IR Imagery Movies began by just collecting images every day, and dreaming of a way to put these images to good use. With the advance in computer technology, recording a DVD is a reality today. Also, collecting the data via the Internet has become easier than year’s past.

This year’s planned sequence, 2002 Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season GOES Imagery Movies, will consist of infrared, water vapor, and visible imagery from May 1st to November 30th.

5. Sources of Data

GOES-8 IR imagery was collected from the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service through the Geostationary Satellite Server. http://www.goes.noaa.gov

Tropical cyclone track maps and statistics were collected from the Tropical Prediction Center (NHC). http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

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Figure 1. Widescreen image spans from 26° to 99° west longitude and from 8° to 39° north latitude.


Figure 2. Fullscreen image spans from 47° to 99° west longitude and from 8° to 39° north latitude.

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