DISCUSSION: As of July 5th, the NASA Sport satellite division issued the Beta Release of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) regional, national, and global data frameworks. Attached below is an exact statement release from NASA SPoRT:
"The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) has completed a product validation review and has been cleared for distribution through the GOES-R Re-broadcast system. The GLM data are currently in a “beta-status”. This means that additional updates will occur with the data processing before GOES-R (now GOES-16) moves to the east position in November. However, this is a great opportunity to get an initial look at the GLM data in real-time. The two examples below show the first data to be received at 1454 UTC today (5 July 2017) over the eastern United States and for the GLM field of view. The data have been manually ingested into the National Weather Service’s Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) display for demonstration purposes."
As shown in the image above, you can see how there are also different types of lightning strikes which are observed and identified by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). This reinforces the natural versatility of the GLM on-board technology in being able to further advance the capabilities of real-time lightning observations as well as lightning research.
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz