Welcome to the Satellite Training and Operations Resources (STOR) VLab community. Here you will find reference materials and links regarding NOAA satellite systems used in operational meteorology. 

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News Features (Updated 12/20)

New Content Added

Several GOES RGB Quick Briefs have been added:  https://vlab.ncep.noaa.gov/web/stor/goes3

SatFC-J Course Should be Completed by November 15, 2019

The foundational course for JPSS is available on the NWS Commerce Learning Center. Just search for SatFC-J, or click:

SatFC-J Curriculum Link

GOES 17 Status

During post-launch testing of the GOES-17 ABI instrument, an issue with the instrument’s cooling system was discovered. The loop heat pipe (LHP) subsystem, which transfers heat from the ABI electronics to the radiator, is not operating at its designed capacity. The consequence of this is that the ABI detectors cannot be maintained at their intended temperatures under certain orbital conditions. Inadequate cooling of the infrared channels leads to partial loss of imagery during some of the overnight hours before and after the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.

Read more about the GOES-17 cooling system issue and expected impacts on ABI performance here:


And for answers to common FAQs:


Mesosector Reminder

Remember, you can check out the current and planned locations of meso-sectors for both GOES-16 and GOES-17 here:


Recent FDTD GOES applications webinars

Comparison of Impacts between the 1997 and 2018 Ohio River Floods in Southwestern Indiana - 6 November 2019

Use of GOES-East composite RGB imagery and GLM data in the Ohio Valley - 16 October 2019

Modifying RGB imagery on the fly in AWIPS - 24 September 2019

Issuing warnings with no radar - 21 August 2019

More past webinars can be found here: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/satellite_chat/

Recent satellite-related blog posts

18 Dec 2019 NY Snow Squall - 18 December 2019

Stratus clouds affecting surface temperatures in Alaska - 17 December 2019

Severe weather across the Deep South - 16 December 2019

Mid-December Pacific Jet - 13 December 2019

New York Snow Squalls 05 Dec 2019 - 6 December 2019

Observing the first major thunder-snow outbreak of the 2019-2020 winter season - 15 October 2019

Early-season winter storm in the Northern Plains - 12 October 2019

Typhoon Hagibis south of Japan - 11 October 2019

October 2019 early season winter storm - 10 October 2019

ACSPO SSTs from VIIRS in AWIPS - 10 October 2019

Responsible RGB modifications - 18 September 2019

GOES-17 Loop Heat Pipe data outages reach seasonal peak - 30 August 2019