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21 Oct 2020 - 07:39 EDT
21 Oct 2020 - 11:39 UTC

GOES-West Full Disk - Air Mass*

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Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0830 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0830 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0845 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0845 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0900 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0900 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0915 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0915 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0930 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0930 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0945 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 0945 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1000 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1000 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1015 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1015 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1030 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1030 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1045 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1045 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1100 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1100 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1115 UTC
Air Mass - RGB composite based on the data from IR and WV - 21 Oct 2020 - 1115 UTC
 

About Air Mass

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)

*GOES-17 Infrared Image Quality

During post-launch testing of the GOES-17 ABI instrument, an issue with the instrument's cooling system was discovered. The loop heat pipe (LHP) subsystem, which transfers heat from the ABI electronics to the radiator, is not operating at its designed capacity. The consequence of this is that the ABI detectors cannot be maintained at their intended temperatures under certain orbital conditions. This is preventing adequate cooling for some of the infrared (IR) channels on the instrument during parts of the night, leading to partial loss of ABI imagery. Learn more.

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