|KAGC||KAGC 180953Z 27013G25KT 8SM OVC008 M01/M01 A2982 RMK AO2 PK WND 23027/0857 CIG 006V010 SLP115 T10061011|
|KBUF||KBUF 241054Z 19009KT 10SM FEW260 03/M04 A2991 RMK AO2 SLP133 T00331044|
|KCLE||KCLE 241051Z 21006KT 10SM BKN220 04/M04 A2996 RMK AO2 SLP150 T00391039|
|KDTW||KDTW 241053Z 21004KT 8SM FEW180 BKN220 01/M01 A2991 RMK AO2 SLP132 T00061006|
|KERI||KERI 181008Z AUTO 36009KT 3SM -SN BR BKN010 OVC014 M04/M07 A2986 RMK AO2 P0001 T10441067 TSNO|
|KPIT||KPIT 241051Z 21005KT 10SM FEW070 SCT250 04/M07 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP166 T00441067 $|
|KROC||KROC 180954Z 05016KT 3SM -FZDZSN BR OVC005 M04/M07 A2979 RMK AO2 FZDZB50 SLP099 P0000 I1000 T10441067|
This is a composite plot of the radar summary, echo tops, storm movement, TVS and MESO signatures and watch boxes. The radar summary is color coded by precip type. Greens, yellows and reds are rain. Pinks are mixed precipitation (freezing rain, sleet). Blues are snow. NOTE: Radar data is susceptible to a phenomena called anomalous propagation. This generally happens at night and appears as a area of 20 dBZ echos (darkest green) which is centered around each radar site and expands with time. To try and reduce the problem, low echo values near the radar sites have been removed.
This image is the equivalent of taking a black and white photo of the earth. The bright areas show where the sun is being reflected back into space as a result of clouds or snow cover. Clouds and snow show up white. The thicker the cloud, the brighter the color. Land surfaces show up as gray and ocean surfaces nearly black. The major limitation to visible imagery is that it is only valid during daylight.
This type of image shows heat based radiation from the infrared spectrum. In other words, the warmer the surface, the more infrared radiation it emits. For a satellite image, cooler surfaces are bright and warmer surfaces are dark. Since the atmosphere cools as you increase in altitude, clouds would show up as bright areas and land surfaces as dark areas. In addition, low clouds will be more gray and higher clouds will show up more white. Tall thunderstorm clouds will show up as bright white and fog will be hard to discern from land areas. A large advantage of IR is that you can view it 24 hours a day.
This is a composite map contain the following analyses: radar summary (color filled areas), surface data plot (composite station model), frontal locations (in various bold lines) and pressure contours (in thin blue lines).