Basics of operational monitoring and nowcasting of convective storms using satellite imagery

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The module explores what the present weather satellites can tell us about internal structure of storms and their possible severity, with impacts on nowcasting of possibly severe storms.

Published: 22 December 2014

Material included in the module is mostly based on MSG satellite SEVIRI instrument, but also includes some AVHRR and MODIS imagery to show storm tops in better detail, explain the limitations of the MSG data, or indicate what we can expect from the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG).

The examples are aimed at the African audience, due to the fact that this resource was prepared with consideration of Satellite Applications courses delivered in Africa. Nevertheless, the presented techniques of image enhancement and image interpretation are valuable for nowcasting and monitoring of convective storms in general.

Note that a good knowledge of MSG SEVIRI spectral bands and their basic interpretation is needed to fully benefit from the information and techniques explained in the module, as well as moderate knowledge of convective storms — their dynamics and internal structure, types of convective storms, and mesoscale systems.

Category Language Difficulty Audio Duration Author
Atmosphere English, French Intermediate No 120 min Martin Setvak


The module

Systemes Convectifs — the module in French

Satellite Observations of Storm Tops (Part 1 & 2), M Setvak

Convection Working Group

Overshooting Tops, presentation by P.Mikus for the Convection Week 2011

Convection Week 2011