CSPP: Direct Broadcast Software for Operational Environmental Forecasters

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 1:30 PM
231ABC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Kathleen I. Strabala, CIMSS/Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; and L. E. Gumley, H. L. Huang, D. Hoese, J. Gerth, E. Weisz, W. L. Smith Jr., and N. Smith

Near real-time direct broadcast products created from down-linked data from the polar orbiting satellites using NOAA JPSS Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP) software are being used for a wide variety of global operational environmental applications including support of US National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters. This presentation will include an overview of current global real-time users and applications, but focus on the end-to-end production, distribution and use of S-NPP Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) products by the NWS. Keys to the success of this effort include the high quality of the S-NPP data, the rapid turnaround from data acquisition to distribution, as well as user training and feedback in the form of NWS VISITview teletraining lessons, forecast office site visits, and direct broadcast applications workshops. The image below is an AWIPS-II VIIRS Nighttime Day/Night Band image of Hurricane Julio as it approached Hawaii. The data was acquired in real-time by the NOAA NWS antenna located in Honolulu.