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Bryce J. Weinand

1. Introduction Between 1200 and 1500 UTC on 17 April 1999, a series of mesoscale eddies formed east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Nebraska. Although generally clear skies prevailed, the eddies were strikingly apparent in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-8 ( GOES-8 ) water vapor imagery ( Figs. 1–3 ). This case is unusual in that multiple eddies formed in a linear fashion and were well structured for a long temporal period. Initially there was a total of four

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through the water vapor window channel (10.5-12.5 pm).September 1973 / Erickson and Whitney / 709FIGURE 3.-Enlarged view of figure 1 showing wave-cloud area.710 / Vol. 101, No. 9 / Monthly Weather ReviewSeptember 1973 f Erickson and Whitney f 711

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data, the coldest surfaces appear white and thewarmer surfaces appear dark. Figure 3 is the same viewrecorded by the 6.7-pm "water vapor" channel. Thischannel provides information on the moisture contentof the upper troposphere and the moisture ptternsassociated with jet streams and frontal systems. Here,moisture-laden areas will appear white and the dryerareas dnrk. Man>- cloud features are easily recognizedin all three types of data; yet, when taken together, eachof these satellite views

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