GOES-16 (GOES-R) Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) sectorized cloud and moisture imagery (SCMI) will be available via NOAAPort starting at around 18:00 UTC on Thursday, March 2. The products, in netCDF 4 format, should be accessible via the GRE channel (PID 108) with the most recent Unisys NOAAPort version 9.4 or 9.5. Users still needing to download and install Unisys NOAAPort 9.4 (for CentOS/RHEL 5 or 6) or 9.5 (for CentOS/RHEL 7) should contact Unisys at email@example.com .
A NWS Service Change notice (SCN) has been issued at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/scn17-24goes16.htm
Details on the SCMI headers, sectors, and scanning strategy can be found at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/noaaport/document/GOES-R_NOAAPort_SBN_040416.pdf
GOES-16 NOAA derived products (volcanic ash, cloud top height, SST, etc) will not be sent through NOAAPort SBN, except for a small period of testing at a later date. GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will also not be transmitted via NOAAPort SBN. Customers interested in these products including additional ABI products or sectors can contact Unisys at firstname.lastname@example.org for ingesting these products into your Unisys NOAAPort Gateway via LDM and/or the Unisys C-Band satellite channel.
Unisys Weather is monitoring an outage of both the NOAAPort SBN distribution and the IDP landline services from NWS. The outage began around 18:15 UTC and we have confirmed that other NOAAPort vendors and sites are also seeing the outage. NWS did switch their NOAAPort uplink from the backup site in Fairmont, WV to the primary site in New York today at 15:30 UTC (due to signal issues with the northeast snowstorm). Unisys has been in contact with NWS and is monitoring the situation.
Update 19:30 UTC: The NOAAPort and NEXRAD Level 3 LDM services are still down from NWS. However, Unisys is still receiving all text data (forecasts, watches, warnings, etc) as well as the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD grids) and Multi Radar Multi Sensor (MRMS) products from the landline connections with NWS IDP.
On January 23, NOAA and NASA released the first images from the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on board GOES-R (GOES-16). Following a successful November launch and outgassing, the first “full disk” image from the ABI was received and processed by the GOES-R program. GOES-R is the most advanced weather satellite ever, with advanced imaging, lightning detection, and space weather observational capabilities never before seen. GOES-R (GOES-16) will be operated by NOAA and provide high spatial, temporal, and multi-channel scanning beginning Spring 2017. Following handover from NASA to NOAA, GOES-16 will be positioned at 75 deg West or 137 deg West (TBD). Unisys Weather will down-link the GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) and have high speed connectivity to the Product Distribution and Access (PDA) at NOAA to provide ABI, lightning mapper (GLM), and advanced derived products to clients. In addition, the Unisys NOAAPort Gateway has been updated to receive the new GRE and GRW NOAAPort channels, which will include sectorized cloud and moisture imagery from the GOES-16 ABI. For more information, please email email@example.com
We are aware that some of the images in the 10-day GFS maps as well as the individual time panels are showing no data or partial data. We are working with NWS to resolve an issue with the NWS server we are using to pull the source GFS model.
GOES-R is NOAA’s latest geostationary weather satellite and it set to launch on Saturday, November 19th at 5:42 EST. Upon successful launch and checkout, GOES-R will be placed at 89.5 degrees West. GOES-R will provide a major increase in spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution in satellite imagery as well as the first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). Unisys will be a vendor for GOES-R data and products. If your company is interested in obtaining GOES-R data or products to support your operations, please contact sales-support (-at-) weather.unisys.com for additional information.