Visibility

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Example of Visibility retrievals as generated by the ABI Visibility algorithm using MODIS data (including MODIS Aerosol Optical Depth measurements) over Denver at on 31 August 2009 at 08:45 UTC. A broad area of reduced visibility (blue-green) is observed that extends throughout eastern Colorado, western Kansas and western Nebraska northward into eastern parts of Wyoming and central Montana.
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The Visibility algorithm on GOES-R will leverage the enhanced aerosol detection capabilities of the ABI, together with the ABI Cloud Optical Depth product, ABI Low Cloud/Fog Detection product, and GFS planetary boundary layer depth forecasts to retrieve an estimate of Visibility. Visibility is an important weather variable to study as it has forecast implications for aviation, air quality, and public safety. Accurate information on visibility will aid forecasters in monitoring visibility on a much larger and finer scale, aiding in the accurate and timely forecasts for both the aviation community as well as the general public.