Studying Misovortices at the base of Lake Michigan! (credit: NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, Wisconsin)
DISCUSSION: In the wake of much recent cutting-edge satellite imagery content being released by various National Weather Service offices from across the nation, many atmospheric scientists around the world are excited about the incredible resolution of future satellite imagery. As shown above in the upper and lower image, there is yet another incredible example of the GOES 16 (or GOES-R) imager on the south end of Lake Michigan. Attached below is the exact excerpt from a forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which describes the situation in a more detailed fashion.
"Here's something pretty interesting. This is a comparison of a GOES 15 visible image (older satellite) with the new GOES 16 visible image. The improvement in resolution is rather striking in this comparison. The images capture an eddy/circulation that is exposed by the turbid waters in the southern basin of Lake Michigan, April 8, 2017 1400Z or 9am CDT . GOES 15 is 1km and GOES 16 is 1/2 km resolution. The better resolution allows us to see more detail. We are using this higher resolution data to see features on land and in the sky that we were never able see with this kind of clarity." It is worth noting that these type of circulations often form under relatively tranquil conditions which allow for the anticyclonic circulation to form.
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