A Synoptic Comparison of Special Sensor Microwave/Imager Displays with Numerical Products
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA
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Marine environmental products from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager SSM1 are compared with analyses from an operational numerical forecast system. The SSMI products considered are windspeed, precipitable water, and precipitation. The SSMI products give a finer representation of spatial detail than the forecast system products. In particular, the SSMI windspeeds can be used to examine continental influences on marine windspeeds. Such mesoscale effects are riot analyzed well by global numerical models. However, the output from the numerical forecast system can provide parameters not available from the SSMI products, such as wind direction. In addition, forecast system output can provide information between satellite passes and in regions contaminated by precipitation on SSMI products.