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Severe Storms

MODIS data are used to revise or confirm 24-hour forecasts related to weather systems approaching the land from the oceans, which in turn gives confidence for flood warnings. Satellite images are also useful in providing everyone with the same 'big picture' of severe storms.

Potentially useful data sets: MODIS Water Vapor (day and night), Cloud Top Temperature (day and night) and Cloud Top Pressure (day and night).

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Tropical Storm Narelle formed over the southern Indian Ocean on Jan 7, 2013 and strengthened to a cyclone two days later. Using the date slider at the bottom of the screen it is possible to track the storm using Worldview. Read more at NASA's Earth Observatory.
 

Downloadable NRT data related to Severe Storms

MODIS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
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MYD05_L2L2 Total Precipitable Water Vapor, 5-Min Swath 1km and 5km0.95L2 Total Precipitable Water Vapor Browse
MYD06_L2L2 Clouds, 5-Min Swath 1km and 5km4.59L2 Cloud Optical Browse
L2 Cirrus Reflectance Browse
L2 Cloud Top Browse

MODIS / Terra

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
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MOD05_L2L2 Total Precipitable Water Vapor, 5-Min Swath 1km and 5km0.94L2 Total Precipitable Water Vapor Browse
MOD06_L2L2 Clouds, 5-Min Swath 1km and 5km5.23L2 Cloud Optical Browse
L2 Cirrus Reflectance Browse
L2 Cloud Top Browse

AIRS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
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AIRIBRAD_NRTL1B IR geolocated radiancesN/AN/A

OMI / Aura

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
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OMCLDRRL2 Effective Cloud Pressure and Fraction (Raman Scattering) Swath 13x24 kmN/AN/A