Assessment:: The VIIRS Front Range Nighttime Assessment Report

(July – August 2013)
This report summarizes the assessment of a suite of Suomi-National Polar-orbit Partnership (S-NPP) Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) products to address the detection of dust, smoke, clouds, and other obstructions to visibility at night. The assessment included the participation of four National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) spanning three NWS regions along the Rocky Mountain Front Range. The timeframe for the assessment was selected to correspond to the participating WFOs’ fire weather season to observe smoke plumes as well as other atmospheric features at night.

Full title: The VIIRS Front Range Nighttime Assessment Report

Product(s): VIIRS 11 and 3.9 micron single channels, Day Night Band Radiance and Reflectance and corresponding RGBs, Nighttime Microphysics RGB, Dust RGB

Date: July – August 2013

Region: Front Range of the Rocky Mountains ranging from New Mexico to Montana

Need(s) Addressed: Analysis of visibility restrictions due to clouds/fog, dust, smoke


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