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VAWS: How NUCAPS and gridded NUCAPS can help you

February 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

Speaker: Scott Lindstrom, University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)

NUCAPS (NOAA-Unique Combined Atmospheric Processing System) profiles of Temperature and Moisture are created from the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) and Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) onboard Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20. In Alaska, Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 data downlinked at the Direct Broadcast antenna in Fairbanks are processed at GINA and made available to forecast offices via LDM. Data that are available includes individual profiles that are color-coded in AWIPS by what data are included within the sounding and also horizontal fields (for example, 300-mb Temperature) of data derived from the vertical profiles. This seminar will discuss the data and how it can be used to provide useful information over Alaska, and offer suggestions of when it’s likely to be most useful.

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