Contrails over the Persian Gulf

Contrails over the Persian Gulf

15 December 2014 01:00–15:30 UTC

Contrails over the Persian Gulf
Contrails over the Persian Gulf

Contrails over the Persian Gulf were seen by both Meteosat-10 and Metop-A in mid-December.

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22 October 2020

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15 December 2014

 
Figure 1: Meteosat-10 HRV with 20% transparency overlaid on the NCMP, 15 December 04:00 UTC

The evolution of the contrails is best captured by the Meteosat-10 High Resolution Visible (HRV) imagery (Figure 2).

 
 
Metop-A AVHRR Natural Colour RGB, 15 December 06:20 UTC
Metop-A AVHRR Natural Colour RGB, 15 December 06:20 UTC

The Night Cloud Microphysics RGB (NCMP) imagery (Figure 3) also had some strength, although it lacked the resolution of the HRV imagery.

The combination of them both (Figure 1), gives an even better view of the two instances of densely packed, aligned contrails moving slowly eastward from the waters of the Gulf across the Iranian coastline.

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 Met-10, 15 December 2014, 04:00 UTC
Figure 2: Met-10, 15 December 2014, 04:00 UTC
High Resolution Visible (HRV)
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 Met-10, 15 December 2014, 04:00 UTC
Figure 3: Met-10, 15 December 2014, 04:00 UTC
Night Cloud Microphysics (NCMP) RGB
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The enhanced Metop-A Natural Colour RGB from AVHRR (above right) shows the first instance of the contrails in better spatial resolution.