Types of Satellite Data

  • Satellites collect two primary types of meteorological imagery:

    • Visible

      • basically a picture of the clouds - much like taking a picture with your camera

    • Infrared - tells you the temperature of what the satellite is sensing, whether its the ground or the tops of clouds

      • very useful for determining the height of the cloud (low, middle, high)

Visible imagery....

Infrared imagery....

Here is a comparison of visible, IR, and water vapor imagery