Much of the GOES-14 super rapid scan operations for GOES-R (SRSOR) has been spectacular, but maybe I’m biased. . .this morning’s sunrise of Hurricane Marie was spectacular! I overlaid the GLD-360 lightning feed on top of the 1-minute imagery (1 to 1) and noticed some interesting observations. For one, it was evident that the eye was slowly clouding over which was unfortunate. Also. . .all of the lightning activity (what little existed) was well to the northeast, closer to land. My question here. . .does this mean there was no lightning in Marie, such as intracloud? This is where the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will be a very useful tool in the future. It is important to note that Marie was in a rather steady-state this morning, with a possible eyewall replacement cycle on the way. . .so this may account for no lightning strikes in the eyewall.
For more information on the GOES-14 SRSORs, please visit: http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/srsor2014/GOES-14_SRSOR.html