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SPoRT LIS Soil Moisture Assessment - Application for the U.S. Drought Monitor from WFO Raleigh
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:14:19
NASA SPoRT has developed a real-time configuration of the NASA Land Information System (LIS) that runs over much of the central and eastern United States at 3-km grid spacing. The LIS produces several products including a suite of soil moisture products that can be used as a tool for assessing drought and flooding potential. WFO [...]
SPoRT Satellite Analysis Assists with April 27, 2011 Tornado Damage Assessments
The April 25-28, 2011 tornado outbreak will be long remembered across the southeastern United States for its intensity and duration. At its peak on April 27, several large, damaging, long-tracked tornadoes came very close to home for the SPoRT team. The tornadoes damaged several team members’ houses, and created a region-wide power outage that kept the Huntsville area -- including the SPoRT Center -- in the dark for nearly a week.
Image of the Day
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SPoRT has partnered with CIRA to transition their total precipitable water (TPW) product to the NWS. TPW is a measure of the amount of water in an entire column in the atmosphere, including near the surface which most conventional water vapor imagery misses, assisting in flood prediction. The image above comes from 19 August 2008 as Tropical Storm Fay crossed south Florida. The purple region to the east of Florida has the greatest water content as was associated with the part of the storm that dumped record rainfall in Melbourne, Florida.
Product Status Page
Though we're not 24/7, SPoRT strives to provide the most timely and reliable data products to its partners and end users. A system has been developed to monitor the availability of LDM and FTP products and categorize each product based on its age. Summaries are posted every 10 minutes to the link below.