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Baseline Products: Cloud Phase

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GOES-16 cloud top phase product, January 12, 2018.
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The cloud type algorithm uses four GOES-R ABI infrared spectral bands to determine four different cloud phases: warm (>0C) liquid water, supercooled liquid water, mixed, and ice. The cloud phase product is a prerequisite for generating other downstream products that include cloud height, cloud optical properties, fog detection/depth, and aircraft icing. The cloud top phase product enables meteorologists to better monitor and track changes in the water properties of clouds, improve icing forecasts for the aviation community, and aid in improving warnings for severe weather. Cloud phase product information can also be used in advanced ABI applications such as severe weather prediction and tropical cyclone intensity estimation.