Basic Satellite Photo Interpretation for Meteorologists and Oceanographers

Imagery and Illustrations to Accompany Lectures

 

 

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Cloud Element

Cloud Street

Cloud Line

Cloud Band

Cloud Shield

Open Cell CU

Closed Cell SC

Cloud Elements

 

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Open Cell Cumulus

Frontal Band

Texturing

Small-scale Horizontal Waves

Schematic Representation of Open vs Closed Cell Cumulus

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Cloud Fingers, Poleward Side of Baroclinic/Frontal Band

Broad Ridge

Stratocumulus

Triple Point

Occlusion

Schematic Representation of Development
of Comma Shaped Cloud Band Due
To Rotation, Translation and Deformation

Sharp Ridge

Broad Ridge

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Broad and Sharp Ridge Ridge

Sharp Ridge

Broad Ridge

Dines Compensation, Vertical Motion, Evaporation/Sublimation explains disappearing clouds east of ridge line, and why broad ridges have cloudiness "overshooting" ridgelines. Meteorologists should know why.

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Cloud Fingers, Equatorward Side of Baroclinic/Frontal Band
Triple Point
Occlusion

Schematic Representation of Development
of Comma Shaped Cloud Band Due
To Shear

 

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Land Surface Types

Snow

Frozen Lakes

Cirrus

Schematic Representation of Development
of "Occluded" S- Shaped Cloud Band Due
To Rotation, Translation and Deformation

 

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 Orographic Cumulus

Texturing

Lenticular

Enhanced IR Imagery Showing Baroclinic
Leaf and "comma-cloud". Image also shows mature occlusion.

 

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 Mountain Wave Phenomenon

Coastal Stratus
Ocean features

 

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 Mountain Wave Phenomenon

Grassland vs. Forested Mtns.

Snow

Stratus
Meanders

 

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Stratus

Cumulonimbus

Stratocumulus

Forested Mtns./Arid Valleys
Sat Analysis Tech

 

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 ZA Enhanced GOES 8

Identify Features in SE

Mountain wave

Mountain Wave

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 Mountain Wave Phenomenon

Example of "Gravity Waves": Cloud Streets develop at right angles to wind flow. Also observed in Horizontal Convective Rolls

 
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Multiple Enhancement Curves (Channel 1, 3, and 4) on Color Imagery