Satellite Cloud Analysis from the September 1996 South Florida Cloud ExperimentEntry ID: WYLIE_FLORIDA_CLOUD
Abstract: [Summary adapted from Don Wylie's Home Page]
This experiment occured in September, 1996, centered over Everglades
City, FL. It ran for 21 days. The satellite analyses shown here were
made specifically for this experiment at higher space and time
resolution than the Wisconsin HIRS Cloud Climatology. They have not
been continue after 22 September, 1996.
Cloud analyses were made from two satellite ... instruments, 1) the NOAA
HIRS which is also used for the global climatology, and 2) the GOES 8
Sounder. These instruments both have IR channels in the partially
absorbing CO2 region of 13-15 microns. The technique is described in
Wylie, D.P., W. P. Menzel, H. M. Woolf, K. I. Strabala, 1994: Four
Years of Global Cirrus Cloud Statistics Using HIRS., J. of Climate, 7,
Both sensors were used to estimate the Cloud Height and Effective
Emissivity. Visible wavelength optical depths also have been estimated
from the Effective Emissivity using the following relationship. Vis
O.D. = 2*IR O.D. = Ln(1.0 - Effective Emissivity)
For each day of the experiment the following displays have been made.
Cloud pressure height image of Florida and the Gulf.
Cloud height in km of the same image.
Cloud height numberic plot of the pixel values over a smaller area.
The Effective emissivity of the clouds (numeric plot).
Temperature of the cloud level.
Black body radiative temperature of the 11 micron window channel.
Higher resolution window channel image of the area.
The times of the analyses were choosen to coincide with MISTI
satellite overpasses, aircraft flights, and ground based lidar
data. The University of Wisconsin Lidar data can be found on a
separate web page, however, some of the images are repeated here for
To access this data and review additional documentation, link to:
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Donald Wylie
Dataset Title: September 1996 South Florida Cloud Experiment
Dataset Release Place: University of Wisconsin
Version: Not provided
Data Presentation Form: GIF, MPEGOnline Resource: http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~donw/PAGE/FLORIDA/florida.htm
Start Date: 1996-09-04Stop Date: 1996-09-22
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: WWW
Distribution Format: GIF, MPEG
Role: METADATA AUTHOR
Email: Scott.A.Ritz at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Global Change Master Directory
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20771
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: don.wylie at ssec.wisc.edu
Space Science and Engineering Center University of Wisconsin-Madison 1225 West Dayton Street
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1970-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-08