At 02:40 UTC on 18 December 2014, the first images from all 16 bands were captured by JMA's Himawari-8 next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite, which was launched on 7 October.
14 November 2020
18 December 2014
Himawari-8 (himwari is Japanese for sunflower) is one of the next generation of weather satellites, providing imagery of a higher resolution than was available before.
Himawari-8 carries the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) instrument, which is very similar to the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) which will be the primary instrument on GOES-R for imaging Earth’s weather, oceans and environment. AHI is able to view the Earth with 16 different spectral bands (compared to twelve on current MSG), six in the solar spectral range (0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 km resolution) and ten in the infrared range (2 km resolution).
At the same time as Himawari-8 was producing it's first images, Japan was hit by a snowstorm. At least 11 people are reported to have died in northern and central parts of the country, where more than 200 cm of snow fell.
The zoomed in image from Himawari-8 shows the cold air outbreak over eastern Asia (Siberia) towards the Pacific Ocean and Japan, which leads to numerous cloud streets over the Ocean and heavy snow showers over Japan (lake snow effect).
One may also observe how the south-east coastlines of the Japanese islands are protected from cold Asian winds during the winter period.
First images from Himawari-8 (CIMSS Satellite Blog)
More Himawari-8 imagery on the JMA website
Death toll from snowstorm in northern, central Japan rises to 10 (Japan Times)
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