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Color bar indicating which brightness temperatures in the imagery correspond to which colors.
Hidden image used to test if all imagery is downloaded

Please choose below the options you'd like for your downloaded loop. These tips might be helpful in making your choices:

Please wait while your browser builds the image(s). Your browser is downloading and stitching together small "image tiles" to create the image(s), and the higher that number gets, the longer it will take. Please note that this may take multiple minutes on slower systems depending on the complexity of the loop, and can even crash your browser for very complex loops. If you get a warning that the browser is running slowly, please click "Wait" and it should continue processing.

Once the progress bar above completes, the image will appear below. At that point you can right-click the image(s) and choose the option similar to "Save link as..." or "Save Image as..." to save it to your computer.

Known bugs that are being worked on:

If you experience other problems, please email cira_slider AT mail.colostate.edu with a link to the loop you were trying to download and details about the problem. Thanks for your patience as we work out the final bugs with this much-requested feature.

To keep a particular feature in the same place to your screen (i.e. storm-relative):

  1. Move to an image/timestamp with the feature you want to follow
  2. Click the feature in that image
  3. Move to a different image/timestamp with the same feature you want to follow
  4. Click the same feature in that image

Click this box to close it before it closes automatically.

Copy this URL to share this exact loop with others.

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SLIDER: Satellite Loop Interactive Data Explorer in Real-time

The recent launches of the GOES-16 and Himawari-8 satellites bring with them immense data sets of satellite imagery, and new visualization tools are needed to facilitate their exploration. To that end, the Satellite Loop Interactive Data Explorer in Real-time (SLIDER) web application was recently developed by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) in partnership with the Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB; a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)), located at Colorado State University (CSU). SLIDER provides full-resolution, standard and value-added imagery products from GOES-16 and Himawari-8 to both the scientific community and the general public. All development work was done by Kevin Micke with advice from and consultation with many colleagues within RAMMB and CIRA.

SLIDER is currently in public beta. For an overview of how SLIDER can be used, please see our recent publication in BAMS:

Micke, K., 2018: Every Pixel of GOES-17 Imagery at Your Fingertips. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99, 2217–2219, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0272.1

Quick guides explaining many of the derived products and individual bands available on SLIDER can be found at: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/quick_guides/

More info on the individual imagery bands from NOAA's GOES-R series of satellites including GOES-16 is available at: https://www.goes-r.gov/education/ABI-bands-quick-info.html


Please read through the help information below. If you still have questions about SLIDER after reading below, or if you have any feedback you'd like to share, please email cira_slider AT mail.colostate.edu.

You can also view our Release Notes to see recent feature additions and bugfixes.

Basic Features

Advanced Features

Performance Tips

Information about Latency

Keyboard Shortcuts

Basic Controls

Imagery Selection

To add or change imagery using the dropdown menus, tap the keyboard shortcuts below, use Up/Down to select the option you'd like, and then press Enter to confirm your selection:

Advanced Controls

Zoom Controls

Mouse Shortcuts

Drawing Controls


From the SLIDER Team