Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (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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Visualize near real-time (NRT) data related to Severe Storms in Worldview
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