More recently, we have brought online the DMSP F-19 SSMIS and the NASA Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) via NASA/GSFC. Data latencies for F-19 SSMIS data is ~ 1-2 hours, while GMI is < 30 minutes with 5-6 km spatial resolution at 89 GHz providing advantages in mapping inner core structure. Additional microwave sensors capable of retrieving ocean surface wind vectors have been hosted using scatterometers (ASCAT) and NASA's RapidSCAT wind vectors are now included. The 900 km swath and 51.6 deg orbital inclination onboard the host International Space Station (ISS) complement the ASCAT data sets and thus increase the spatial and temporal sampling used by the various WMO and TC warning centers around the globe.
Efforts have begun on creating Himawari-8 AHI sensor products and making them available on the TC web page. Other current efforts and future plans include recalibration of the ice scattering channels to 89 GHz to reduce bias between sensors, remapping (cubic spline interpolation) of SSM/I and SSMIS data (the sensors with the coarsest spatial resolution) to a common oversampled grid with AMSR2 and GMI, and use of CIMSS ARCHER for recentering. A standardized database of both digital data and image products will be generated and made available to the TC community to compliment the near-realtime data. A study and application of a more sophisticated parallax correction scheme will be performed to provide increased confidence in the initialization of the TC center. Finally, the color tables used to visualize a TC were subjectively developed based on a small sample of cases observed by the SSM/I. Resolution and frequency changes since that time necessitate an expanded and quantitative revisiting of this visualization. Examples of these new research areas and visualization strategies will be shown.