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  • Probably the best suite of satellite images currently available are these 1km visible, 4km infrared and water vapour images from Brisbane Storm Chasers. They are based on NPMOC Yokohama images (see next entry) and offer animations, a 14-day archive and - in the case of the high resolution visible images - many state and regional sub-images. (04/07/07)
  • A full suite of current satellite images and loops for Australia and the Western Pacific (including Australia) from the US Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Centre in Japan: IR, enhanced IR, visible light and water vapour, together with the latest high resolution visible imagery. (04/07/07)
  • Current QuikSCAT winds derived from satellite measurements from NOAA Marine Observing Systems. Click the map to zoom in. (04/07/07)
  • The Bureau of Meteorology's satellite homepage. Current infrared and Visible images with an archive of a few days and links to explanatory and technical information. This animation loop will be what many are looking for. (03/10/02)
  • Highly detailed images of Australia (and the rest of the globe) are available from NASA's MODIS Land Rapid Response System within an hour or two of real time. Go here for Australian regional subsets of images, and here for the full day's global images. While the primary objective of the site is to spot bushfires (marked out in red), this site currently provides the most detailed satellite images of Australia available freely on the web. They are available at 2km, 1km, 500m and 250m resolution, with the largest resolution images around 7mb in size. Typically, only one or two images of any part of the continent are available on any day, and NVDI images (showing vegetation colour) are also available on all resolutions. Go to the FAQ for help on using the site. The Gallery has some astounding photos, including many of Australia, and is worth a regular visit. (30/1/05)
  • A good suite of satellite images and loops for eastern Australia and the Coral and Tasman Seas from NOAA: IR, enhanced IR, visible and water vapour. Use the links in the MTSAT East columns. (26/03/06)
  • Another NPMOC satellite image site (Hawaii). There are full globe visible | infrared | water vapour images, and a mercator projection IR image for the Australia/SE Asia area. (26/03/06)
  • An excellent site from CIMSS. Real-time high density water vapour, infrared and visible light satpix of Australia with superposed winds at different levels calculated from cloud movement. Wind shear and upper level divergence also shown. Nice menu with thumbnails to select from, and separate images for eastern and western Australia. The global menu is in a frame at left. Updated every 6 hours. Archives for 6, 12, 18 and 24 hours previous are among the thumbnails. There are also an explanatory FAQ and a special global tropical cyclone page. (26/03/06)
  • Also from CIMSS are infrared, water vapour and colour-enhanced IR images and 24-hour movies, without the superimposed winds. The coloured IR images are excellent, and the movies are available in Java and FLI formats. (26/03/06)
  • Yet again from CIMSS, infrared and water vapour mosaic images and movies from several satellites covering a strip from South Africa to the central Pacific Ocean, with Australia at the centre. They are in the panels at the bottom of the page. (26/03/06)
  • Home page of the MTSAT series of satellites. MTSAT-2 provides geostationary coverage of Australia. Use these satellite imagery menus to access static and animated images, selecting SW and SE quadrants for western and eastern Australia respectively. (29/03/06)
  • CSIRO NOAA polar-orbiting orbiting IR high definition satpix for Australia, Qld, NSW/Vic, SA, Tas, New Zealand and Antarctica updated as flights take the satellite over the relevant area  (29/03/06)
  • JCU Web Homepage: entry page for the longest-running Australian source of satpix. A wide variety of colourised, enhanced infrared images for Australia, sections of Australia, and GMS5 global and sector images is available. A calibration panel interprets the colours as cloud-top temperature ranges. There is a backup web server. Archives of several days' images are available on the ftp server -- the ausv directory holds gifs of 3-hourly images for 3 days with times and dates in UTC. Many of the images are in iff format: an iff graphic viewer is available from JCU here - read the readme file first. (29/03/06)
  • Full globe infrared and visible light images 3-hourly in a range of resolutions from Dundee University -- look for the link to "Japanese GMS" for the full range of resolutions, or go to the one month archive pages for full resolution infrared or visible images. While they are full globe, the detail is excellent. Free registration is required. (29/03/06)
  • The NASA Global Interactive Geostationary Satellite Viewer shows an infrared picture of clouds around around the world a couple of hours ago. It is a composite from four geostationary satellites, and you can click on any area to zoom in to a 14km resolution picture -- very handy for ocean areas surrounding Austalia that aren't covered by our local maps. There is an archive of the past 6 hours satpix. From GHCC. (29/03/06)
  • Antarctic and Southern Ocean composite infrared satpic from AMRC; useful for watching developments south and southwest of Australia. (29/03/06)
  • An archive of Australian IR and Visible images over the past few weeks from the BoM. Files named IDE00005 are IR images, IDE00006 are Visible light images and IDE00035 are enhanced IR images. The rest of the filename is the year, month, date, hour and minute (UTC) of the image. (26/03/06)
  • The BoM Satellite Image Archive. Hourly full globe visible light and IR satellite images going back to April 1999. During the first week of each month, the previous month's images will be added. Though the thumbnail images are small (~30k), there is enough detail to see the broad cloud pattern over Australia. High resolution satpix may be ordered from the Bureau, for a fee, through this link. Very detailed information on the Bureau's Satellite Image Archive, including technical papers, is here. (07/04/00)

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