Operational Utilization of Weather Satellite Data for Input to Numerical Analysis and Prediction.
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The results of techniques and procedures used to evaluate the utility of satellite observations for enhancing the accuracy and detail of numerical analyses in sparse-data areas are presented. The experiments employed statistically-derived and subjective interpretations from video and infrared satellite data, for the purpose of modifying Fleet Numerical Weather Centrals operational surface, 500- and 300-mb analyses. The resulting satellite-modified analyses for six synoptic times, in the period 11-14 March 1971, presents an implementation of satellite input to numerical analyses and prediction. The technology demonstrated here is offered as a guide to the man-machine approach to extratropical analysis as performed by major numerical weather centers. Author