Monday, June 05, 2017

Manufacturer and User Feedback During the HRIT/EMWIN PLT

We are still on track for to a two-part post-launch test or PLT of HRIT/EMWIN. We will do the first part from the CBU on June 6-8 (where there will be CMI imagery for 23 hrs June 6-7 and all other products the whole time) and [b] from WCDAS on June 13 -15 with a more or less full suite of data content including the CMI imagery.

To make this test "successful", we would like to get some feedback from our partners, manufacturer community and users. We would like to receive relevant metrics and feedback during and after the test periods. A draft list of input is below. Please let me know if you would like to participate either formally with a report or with anecdotal testimony. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of the list below, let me know what you can perform. Please pass this on to anyone else you may know about and ask them to contact me if they are interested.

I am especially interested in the usability of the CMI imagery and the EMWIN file-based data which is a large change from the GOES-NOP format.


o   Confirm readiness to receive HRIT signal, and provide point of contact info
o   Provide info on receiver model and software to be used. 
o   Provide info on the antenna size at your installation
o   Identify which products will be ingested and evaluated. 
o   Prepare to provide quantitative and qualitative feedback, such as:  
counts of products received/ingested per type per time interval
reports of anomalies (time-tagged)
During test: 
o   Confirm broadcast "lock" and quality of signal
o Monitor broadcast reception; collect metrics on HRIT from user system perspective
o   Spot-check readability and usability of products (indicate what times looked at).  o Report anomalies or other immediate feedback to HRIT POC, as appropriate

After each test: 
o   Follow-up on any discrepancies observed or
o   As appropriate, sample/compare products received via HRIT to quality of same available from another source.
o   Send summary feedback and metrics for each test period.


Paul Seymour
Direct Broadcast Manager

GOES-16 set to become GOES-EAST in November

GOES-16, the most advanced weather satellite NOAA has ever developed, will be moved to the GOES-East position once it is declared operational in November.  NOAA officials announced the decision regarding GOES-16’s placement, during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook news conference at NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland.

When GOES-16 takes over, EMWIN-N users will need to point their dishes to GOES-West to receive the EMWIN-N signal.  GOES-16 will replace the EMWIN-N signal with HRIT/EMWIN.  HRIT/EMWIN uses a different signaling method and will require a new receiver.

See this link for more information on this announcement GOES-16.