Operational Use of GOES-16 Data at NWS Pueblo, CO
Bill Line, NOAA/NWS/Pueblo, CO, Pueblo, CO
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Abstract
GOES-16, the first in a series of four next-generation geostationary weather satellites, successfully launched on 19 November 2016. The first public image from the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) was released on 23 January 2017, and flow of ABI data into NWS offices began in March 2017. National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters completed 8.5 hours of required GOES-16 training, and are now integrating the newly available satellite data into their daily forecast routine. The detection and tracking of various atmospheric phenomena common to the Rocky Mountain Front Range and adjacent plains is expected to be improved through the use of GOES-16 data. Some examples of phenomena include convection, wildfires, dust storms, and mountain waves. This presentation provides an early look at the operational use of GOES-16 ABI imagery and Geostationary Lightning Mapper lightning data at the Pueblo, Colorado, NWS forecast office.