Finally!  GOES-R(16) Transition at the Satellite Proving Ground for Marine, Precipitation, and Satellite Analysis
Michael Folmer, University of Maryland/ESSIC/CICS, College Park, MD
James Clark, NWS/NCEP/OPC
Joseph Sienkiewicz, NWS/NCEP/OPC
Andrew Orrison, NWS/NCEP/WPC
Mark Klein, NWS/NCEP/WPC

The GOES-R and JPSS Proving Ground Programs were conceived to demonstrate and familiarize forecasters with the next generation geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite products and capabilities that will be incorporated into National Weather Service (NWS) and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information (NESDIS) operations.  The Satellite Proving Ground for Marine, Precipitation, and Satellite Analysis (MPS PG) has been an active participant in the large Satellite Proving Ground for about five years and consists of the NWS Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), Weather Prediction Center (WPC), Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) of the National Hurricane Center, and the NESDIS Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB).  Prior to the launch of GOES-R (now GOES-16), the Proving Ground focused on demonstrating and evaluating proxy products in operations.  On 1 March 2017, the first GOES-16 images started flowing in a beta test phase, allowing forecasters in the MPS to get some first looks in AWIPS II and N-AWIPS.

During the 2017 demonstration and evaluation, forecasters will have had the opportunity to evaluate the proxy products and GOES-16 first look products for maritime convection, atmospheric rivers, and flash flood events.  This presentation seeks to highlight the use of the proxy products (GLD-360 Lightning Density, CIRA Layered Precipitable Water, QPE/Rain Rate, etc.) first, then the transition to the first GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager and Geostationary Lightning Mapper products to assess these events.