New MTG-I1 satellite: ESSL trains meteorologists from all over Europe on new data

The new EUMETSAT MTG-I (Meteosat Third Generation – Imaging) satellite, launched on 13 December, will bring more frequent data with higher spatial resolution and more channels than ever before. With the lightning imager, it will also bring a completely new capability to monitor storms from space.

ESSL collaborates with EUMETSAT as part of its User Preparation programme for the new MTG satellites with its testbeds and ESSL training activities.

MTG low level moisture proxy data (from MODIS) visualized in the EUMETSAT-ESSL Testbed Displayer for 21 June 2022: dark blue areas are very moist, green areas show moderate and yellow areas low moisture content of the lower troposphere. High quantities of moisture are crucial for severe storms to form.

Operational data from the new MTG-I1 satellite will become available in the second half of 2023 if everything goes well. The current cooperation between EUMETSAT and ESSL involves training on how to use the new data. At the EUMETSAT-ESSL Testbeds weather forecasters are being prepared so that they are able to quickly make use of the new capabilities of MTG. Besides providing training, ESSL experiments with new products, such as a visualization of atmospheric moisture very close to the ground – an important physical ingredient for convective storms.

Participant of the recent EUMETSAT-ESSL Testbed analyzing satellite data at the ESSL Research and Training Centre in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, including the newest version of NWC SAF products (CI product in this case). MTG will offer much improved temporal and spatial resolution for such products.

Another focus of the multi-year cooperation between EUMETSAT and ESSL is the preparing for the new lightning imager (LI) data aboard MTG.

Testbed participants providing feedback to the developers of novel satellite products at the EUMETSAT-ESSL Testbed.

Link to EUMETSAT page on MTG

ECSS2023 Second Announcement

The “Second Announcement and Call for Papers” has been published for the 11th European Conference on Severe Storms. The ECSS2023 will take place from 8 to 12 May 2023 in Bucharest, Romania.

ECSS2023 Second Announcement

The scope of the conference covers all aspects of severe convective storms.
Researchers, forecasters, risk and emergency managers, and others dealing
with severe storms from around the world are invited to submit contributions.

Abstract submission and registration for the conference are now possible here. The deadline for abstract submission is 12 January 2023.

In addition you might also be interested in other topics from our latest ESSL Newsletter:

ECSS2019 Conference Photo

Taken in the poster area during today’s morning coffee break, the official ECSS2019 Conference Photo is now available for download here:

ECSS2019 Conference Photo (photographer: Thomas Schreiner, ESSL. CC license: BY-SA)

It also has been published on the ECSS webage.

Countdown to ECSS2019

The full ECSS programme has been published and last preparations are being accomplished for a fruitful 10th edition of the European Conference on Severe Storms in Kraków, Poland, from 4 to 8 November 2019.

ECSS2019 webpage with travel information, online programme and PDF programme overview

See you soon in the very centre of Kraków!

New hail size table

For the ESWD work it is a common question: How can you best estimate and rate the hail size based on photo evidence. The most typical type of hail image is a photo of a person holding a hail stone in the hand.

Therefore the ESWD team around Thilo Kühne compiled a new hail size comparison table. It allows to estimate the hail size in centimeters based on different comparable objects.

ESWD reporting criteria page with new hail size table

ECSS Second Announcement

The Second Announcement and Call for Papers for the 10th European Conference on Severe Storms (ECSS2019) has been published.

Details on registration and abstract submission can be found on our ECSS webpage:

Please note the abstract submission deadline: 24 April 2019

Our local organizing partner IMGW and the European Severe Storms Laboratory are looking forward to Kraków! The ECSS is supported by MunichRe, EUMETSAT and the European Meteorological Society EMS.

Castle of Kraków (c) Alois M. Holzer