NOAA GOES Image Viewer website
30 May 2024 - 18:53 EDT
30 May 2024 - 22:53 UTC

GOES-East - Sector view: Southern Rockies - Air Mass

1 hour loop - 12 images - 5 minute update

To enlarge, pause animation & click the image. Hover over popups to zoom. Use slider to navigate.

  

  

  
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2151 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2151 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2156 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2156 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2201 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2201 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2206 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2206 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2211 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2211 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2216 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2216 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2221 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2221 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2226 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2226 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2231 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2231 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2236 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2236 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2241 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2241 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2246 UTC
Air Mass - RGB based on data from IR & water vapor - 30 May 2024 - 2246 UTC Latitude / Longitude grid
legend for AirMass RBG

Key for AirMass RGB:

1 - Jet stream / potential vorticity (PV) / deformation zones / dry upper level (dark red / orange)

2 - Cold air mass (dark blue/purple)

3 - Warm air mass (green)

4 - Warm air mass, less moisture (olive/dark orange)

5 - High thick cloud (white)

6 - Mid level cloud (tan/salmon)

7 - Low level cloud (green, dark blue)

8 - Limb effects (purple/blue)

Air Mass RGB is used to diagnose the environment surrounding synoptic systems by enhancing temperature and moisture characteristics of airmasses. Cyclogenesis can be inferred by the identification of warm, dry, ozone-rich descending stratospheric air associated with jet streams and potential vorticity (PV) anomalies. The RGB can be used to validate the location of PV anomalies in model data. Additionally, this RGB can distinguish between polar and tropical airmasses, especially along upper-level frontal boundaries and identify high-, mid-, and low-level clouds.

• For more details, see the Air Mass RGB Guide, (PDF, 1.1 MB)