Hurricane Satellite (HURSAT) Microwave (MW)

HURSAT MW

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The Hurricane Satellite (HURSAT) from Microwave (MW) observations of tropical cyclones worldwide data consist of raw satellite observations. The data derive from the global constellation of geostationary satellites (GOES, Meteosat, MS, and FY2 series) spanning 1987 through 2009. Passive microwave observations provide significant information content given that most clouds are transparent at microwave wavelengths. The HURSAT-MW data set is constructed in largely the same manner as HURSAT-B1. Each time a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite passes over a tropical cyclone, Special Sensing Microwave Imager (SSMI) data are mapped to an equal angle grid (fixed latitude/longitude) centered on the temporally interpolated storm location. HURSAT-MW provides brightness temperatures for all 7 SSMI channels. No product retrievals (e.g., rain rate, total column water vapor, ...) are provided in the data, but are possible (e.g., view the imagery derived from the data). The satellite data were then gridded to 8km, with grid centers fixed on the tropical cyclone center of circulation at 6-hour intervals. Data include hurricanes from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean Basins. Data are provided in a convenient NetCDF format which is self-documenting and follows standard storage and metadata conventions. Version 5 supersedes all other versions.
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Knapp, K. R. and J. P. Kossin, Hurricane Satellite (HURSAT) Microwave (MW), Version 5.0 [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. doi:10.7289/V50Z716H [access date].
  • Please refer to Credit tab for full citation information.
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Distribution Formats
  • netCDF (Version: 3)
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Coverage Description
Time Period 1987-07-10 to 2009-12-14 (time interval: 6-hour)
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2012-07-01
Edition Version 5.0
Data Presentation Form Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Irregular
Purpose To provide a cohesive data set of historical tropical cyclone centered imagery for future analysis.
Use Limitations
  • The data are not original resolution satellite data. Instead, all images are approximately 8km resolution.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Knapp, K. R. and J. P. Kossin, Hurricane Satellite (HURSAT) Microwave (MW), Version 5.0 [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. doi:10.7289/V50Z716H [access date].
  • Also cite this paper when data is used as a source: Knapp, K. R. and J. P. Kossin, 2007:New global tropical cyclone data from ISCCP B1 geostationary satellite observations.Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 1, 013505. doi:10.1117/1.2712816
Cited Authors
  • Knapp, Ken
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Kossin, James
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • Knapp, Ken
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Collaborators
  • Kossin, James
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Phenomena > Cyclones
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Phenomena > Hurricanes
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Phenomena > Typhoons
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Anticyclones/cyclones
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Sea Level Pressure
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds
  • Earth Science > Spectral/engineering > Microwave > Brightness Temperature
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • DMSP 5D-2/F10 > Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F10
  • DMSP 5D-2/F11 > Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F11
  • DMSP 5D-2/F13 > Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F13
  • DMSP 5D-2/F14 > Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F14
  • DMSP 5D-3/F15 > Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F15
  • DMSP 5D-2/F08 > Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F08
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • SSMI > Special Sensor Microwave/Imager
  • SSMIS > Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global
  • Geographic Region > Equatorial
  • Geographic Region > Global Ocean
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Sea Surface
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Use Constraints
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Knapp, K. R. and J. P. Kossin, Hurricane Satellite (HURSAT) Microwave (MW), Version 5.0 [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. doi:10.7289/V50Z716H [access date].
  • Also cite this paper when data is used as a source: Knapp, K. R. and J. P. Kossin, 2007:New global tropical cyclone data from ISCCP B1 geostationary satellite observations.Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 1, 013505. doi:10.1117/1.2712816
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Fees
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Each time a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite passes over a tropical cyclone, Special Sensing Microwave Imager (SSMI) data are mapped to an equal angle grid (fixed latitude/longitude) centered on the temporally interpolated storm location. IBTrACS data were temporally-interpolated to match the satellite data resolution. The satellite data were then gridded to 8km, with grid centers fixed on the tropical cyclone center of circulation.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-05-04
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