We have some SUPER news…super resolution on GRLevel3 and Radarscope!

GRlevel3 super-res products are here!

You can now choose super-resolution Base Reflectivity, Velocity (base and storm-relative), Correlation Coefficient and ZDR products on GRLevel3. Image courtesy: Mike Gibson/GRLevel3

Go down the steps into the basement and make a left. There, as you walk past the dusty old radio with the broken antenna playing Neil Diamond in the dim lights, AllisonHouse Labs has been burning the midnight oil. And now, we can announce to you what we’ve been working on for some time…

AllisonHouse has super-resolution Base Reflectivity, Base Velocity, Storm Relative Velocity, Correlation Coefficient and ZDR products for GRlevel 3 customers! These products are presented in their entirety with no data cutoffs, and are pushed to you as soon as we receive them! That’s right, customizable maps, color tables, and now with super-resolution radar! And, these products are not normally able to be sent due to various reasons by the National Weather Service, but we are now able to offer them straight to you in real-time!

And now, let’s announce the second part of this great event…

The same super-resolution radar images from AllisonHouse is coming to the next release of Radarscope. And, there will be no data cut-offs! That should be coming soon…stay tuned for more information!

Now, you might say “Objection, your honor! When I am on the road storm spotting or chasing, I have a small data plan. I’ll burn through my limit quickly if I use them!”. Objection overruled! Just so you know, during a major severe weather event in Kansas, “standard resolution” GR3 and Radarscope base reflectivity tilt 1 images were about 15 kb. For super-resolution, they are about 60 kb. This is an average, and the sizes could be more or less, depending on how much activity there is on the screen.

To update your GRLevel3, exit the software, and then click on the updater:

http://www.grlevelx.com/downloads/grlevel3_2_update_290a1.exe

Just follow the prompts if you’ve never done this before. Once installed, stop polling, and then start polling again. And, voila! Super-resolution images are yours!

Again, this is only offered to AllisonHouse subscribers, If you aren’t one, hey, we’re here for less than the cost of a pizza at a restaurant! We invite you to see all that we offer here on our wwebsite…which is much more than super-resolution radar!

How GOES-17 was saved

GOES-17 satellite artist image

Read the story about a satellite that was almost lost…and saved.

If you are a space geek, satellite geek, or are just curious about how GOES-17 is now providing 97% of the data expected after we nearly lost the bird, read this article. When technology and brains collide:

https://aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org/departments/saving-goes-17/?fbclid=IwAR20WlAStSvVkwbmMM2zAsnfFXvvBqrhHjWO5b2P4WWIiC6_xQJeYPgiNCU

Want even more GOES-16/17? We got that.

GOES-17 satellite artist imageStarting on the morning of April 2, 2019, GOES-16/17 were thrown into Mode 6 from Mode 4, a permanent change to its scanning strategy. What does that mean to you?

Well, one thing changes, but its important. Here’s what DOESN’T change:

One U.S. sector scan every 5 minutes
Two 1-minute mesoscae sector scans OR one 30 second mesoscale scan

What does change are the global scans. NOAA determined that hemispheric scans could be done every 10 minutes, instead of every 15, without issues, during testing over the past year. That means we now get 2 more images of our lovely hemisphere every hour, for a total of 6 of them. Recall that under GOES-13-15, we only got 2 hemispheric sans per hour. That means we get three times the amount of imagery now with GOES-16/17 just temporally. Of course, we get far more than just the visible, IR and water vapor channels with those satellites! So the amount of data we now get from those two satellites is simply staggering.

Staggering, yes. But, who gives you almost all of it, minus only some space weather products? AllisonHouse! And it’s available to you right now on AllisonHouse Maps and GREarth! So, enjoy GOES mode 6. I think you’re going to like it. 🙂