The Rapidly Developing Thunderstorm (RDT) product, based on the NWC SAF GEO software, is now available in EUMETView.
11 May 2023
09 May 2023
Using mainly MSG data (from the 0 degree service), it provides information on clouds related to significant convective systems, from mesoscale (200 to 2000km) down to smaller scales (a tenth of km).
Some of the objectives of RDT are:
The identification, monitoring and tracking of intense convective system clouds
The detection of rapidly developing convective cells.
The object-oriented approach underlying the RDT product allows for adding value to the satellite image by characterising convective, spatially consistent, entities through various parameters of interest to the forecaster such as motion information, cooling and expansion rate, cloud top height, etc.
The layer is available as both WMS and WFS. When clicked on an RDT cell, a number of attributes are shown in the Point Information window.
The attributes are:
Minimum Brightness Temperature within the cloud top
Cooling rate as °C per minute
Brightness Temperature difference between overshooting top and tropopause. -9,999.0°C if no overshooting top is detected
Pressure at Cloud Top
Direction of motion
Speed of motion
Average Brightness Temperature within the cloud top
Maximum value of Convective Rainfall Rate product within the cloud. -9,999.0mm/h in case of no CRR value availability