21 Mar 2019 - 20:04 UTC
GOES-East Mesoscale view - Band 8 at 37°N - 86°W - Barren County, KY
30 frame animation displayed. This mesoscale location is no longer being actively produced.
To enlarge image, pause animation & click images; hover over popups to zoom; use slider to navigate.
About Band 8
6.2 µm - "Upper-level Water Vapor" Band - 2 km resolution - Band 8 will be used for upper-level tropospheric water vapor tracking, jet stream identification, hurricane track forecasting, mid-latitude storm forecasting, severe weather analysis, upper mid-level moisture estimation (for legacy vertical moisture profiles) and turbulence detection.
The imager features three mid-level water vapor bands instead of the single water vapor band on the GOES-13 Imager. The single water vapor band on GOES-13 contained a mixture of water vapor features over many levels of the troposphere, but GOES-16 enables us to focus on water vapor in the upper troposphere (band 8), the middle troposphere (band 9), or the lower troposphere (band 10). The GOES-13 Imager water vapor channel falls between ABI bands 8 and 9.
• For more details, see the Band 8 - ABI Quick Information Guide, (PDF, 672 KB)