Why is “Upper-level water vapor”
band imagery important?
The 6.2 µm “Upper-level water vapor” band is
one of three water vapor bands on the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), and
is used for tracking upper-tropospheric winds,
identifying jet streams, forecasting hurricane
track and mid-latitude storm motion, monitoring
severe weather potential, estimating upper/
mid-level moisture (for legacy vertical moisture
profiles) and identifying regions where the
potential for turbulence exists. Further, it can be
used to validate numerical model initialization
and warming/cooling with time can reveal
vertical motions at mid- and upper levels. Read more at NOAA.