Current Status and Future Outlook for NOAA/NESDIS Operational Precipitation Products
The precipitation data sets are used for a wide range of applications including short term forecasts and warnings (i.e., tropical rainfall potential, flash floods, etc.) and long-term climate studies (i.e., seasonal to interannual variability). It is the purpose of this overview paper to describe the current and future satellite precipitation activities at NOAA/NESDIS and set the stage for companion talks and posters on many of the specific products and data sets. Additionally, a future vision will be presented, which discusses the “convergence” of the retrieval algorithms and processing systems, as well as utilizing newer technologies such as the GOES Lightning Mapper and the recently launched GPM mission to improve the accuracy of the products.