The 32 CYGNSS radars operate in L-Band at a wavelength of 19 cm. This allows for adequate penetration to enable surface wind observations under all levels of precipitation, including those encountered in the inner core and eyewall of tropical cyclones. The combination of operation unaffected by heavy precipitation together with high temporal resolution throughout the life cycle of storms is expected to support significant improvements in the forecast skill of storm track and intensity, as well as better situational awareness of the extent and structure of storms in near real time.
A summary of the CYGNSS science data products will be presented, including their sampling, precision and accuracy characteristics. With launch scheduled just two months prior to the AMS Annual Meeting, the latest on orbit status of the constellation will also be presented.
Supplementary URL: http://clasp-research.engin.umich.edu/missions/cygnss/