DISCUSSION: Over the past 24 to 48 hours, there has been an abundance of interesting weather events unfolding across the nation as we enter the first week of April 2018. One such example of this interesting weather was a strong cold front moving southward quickly across the south-central Plains region of the United States. This particular cold front was caught "in the flesh" by way of the NOAA GOES-16 satellite imager in incredible resolution. Attached above is a neat video which contains animated low-level water vapor satellite imagery which captures the fluid movement of the cold front in incredibly high-resolution. Note how in the low-level water vapor satellite imagery shown above, you can even detect the presence of subtle cloud-based ripples and undulations in light of the approaching cold front. This is not all that uncommon with quickly-approaching cold fronts based on the fact that Spring-time cold fronts often pack quite a punch and bring a substantially strong return flow.
Thus, when there is a strong return flow with the passage of a Spring-time cold front, there is often quite a show to be seen and the NOAA GOES-16 satellite imager is now allowing us to see this motion at a higher resolution than ever before. It is remarkable to view such high resolution satellite imagery since it allows atmospheric scientists to project corresponding initiation of frontal precipitation development as well as initiation of deeper, convective storms in some cases as well. Hence, it is very useful for weather forecasters to use such information for the advantage of improving the quality and accuracy of current and future weather forecasting.
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© 2018 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz