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US Regional Images

The US regional images are available for 19 regions plus a CONUS view. There are five types of images:


Visible images are shown in a gray shading where brightness shows the amount of sunlight reflected back. Values run from 0 to 100.

Visible satellite color bar

Infrared Gray

Gray scale IR images show surface temperature values whether it be the ocean, land or a cloud. The scale shows temperature values starting at -70C (white) and going to 30C (black).

Infrared satellite color bar

Infrared NWS Scheme

This uses a color scheme on other NWS websites. It is gray scale down to -20C and then cycles through blue shades to -40C and then through red shades.

Infrared satellite (NWS) color bar

Infrared Color

This is similar to the gray scale image except it uses a rainbow style color table starting at magenta (-70C) to blue (-45C) to green (-20C) to yellow (-5C) to orange (5C) to red (20C).

Infrared satellite (grayscale) color bar

Water Vapor

Even though the water vapor channel is in the infrared and thus returns a temperature value. But typcally the WV values relate to the depth into the atmosphere until you hit water vapor. Greens are blue show high clouds whereas dark gray and red are near ground surface. Water vapor satellite

The images are generated every 30 minutes and can be looped.

International Images

The international images are presented for 12 ICAO regions. The type and color schemes are identical to the US Regional images. The regions are updated every 30 minutes from a global mosaic but satellite component imagery from Europe and Asia will only update every 3 hours by international agreement. By default, the latest image is shown but older images can be displayed through an animated loop.