NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research banner

Innovative Lightning Modeling
Used to Track Storm Intensities

22 June 2013 - Frequent lightning flashes act as markers for intensifying updrafts and resulting severe weather, as seen in this composite video of the June 13, 2013 near-derecho that spawned tornadoes in the Washington-Baltimore region. STAR researcher Scott Rudlosky and Patrick Meyers of the University of Maryland created this animation by combining special once- per-minute images from the NOAA GOES-14 satellite with data from a regional network of ground-based lightning sensors (DCLMA). Red arrows show tornadoes embedded in two areas of intense lightning. Imagery like this will be routinely available when the next generation of GOES satellites comes online in 2016 or 2017.

DCLMA observations coupled with recent GOES-14 super-rapid scan observations provide a depiction of life in the GOES-R era (2016 and beyond). This video demonstrates the type of imagery that will be available using observations from the planned GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) and Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).

To learn more: