A Preliminary Computer Pattern Analysis of Satellite Images of Mature Extratropical Cyclones

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  • 1 Department of Meteorology and Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706
  • 2 Atmospheric Sciences Division, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton VA 23665
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Abstract

This study has applied computerized pattern analysis techniques to the location and classification of feature of several mature extratropical cyclones that were depicted in GOES satellite images. These features include the location of the center of the cyclone vortex core and the location of the associated occluded front. The cyclone type was classified in accord with the scheme of Troup and Streten. The present analysis was implemented on a personal computer, results were obtained within approximately one or two minutes without the intervention of an analyst.

Abstract

This study has applied computerized pattern analysis techniques to the location and classification of feature of several mature extratropical cyclones that were depicted in GOES satellite images. These features include the location of the center of the cyclone vortex core and the location of the associated occluded front. The cyclone type was classified in accord with the scheme of Troup and Streten. The present analysis was implemented on a personal computer, results were obtained within approximately one or two minutes without the intervention of an analyst.

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