Please choose below the options you'd like for your downloaded loop. These tips might be helpful in making your choices:
The size of the downloaded images is determined by your browser window, so changing it's size will change the image size
This size includes the space behind the controls on the left (i.e. clicking the "Hide" button will show you the final size of your downloaded images)
File format options
Animated PNG: Loop of all images that's lossless (highest quality), but results in bigger file size and they aren't supported by all software programs (Powerpoint and Twitter are notable for their lack of support for animated PNGs)
Animated GIF: Loop of all images using a limited number of colors, so file size will be smaller, and they work with almost all software
Current Image: Download just the currently-displayed image on it's own in PNG format
All Images Separately: Download each image in the entire loop separately (not animated) in PNG format
Current limitations of this feature:
Some users have reported downloaded imagery appearing darker than the imagery as it appears directly in SLIDER. While we're working to find the root cause of the issue, please use this workaround if this happens to you: Please hit the refresh button on your browser, which should take you back to the exact same loop, and try downloading again. This temporary solution has worked for some users.
Comparing images side-by-side (i.e. "slider mode") isn't currently saved, but will be in the future
The Follow Feature feature isn't currently saved, but will be in the future
Internet Explorer and Edge users: Creating animaged PNGs or animated GIFs with these browsers doesn't currently work, and supporting these browsers is a lower priority given their limited use. They can create single images, though, so we suggest either:
Using the "All Images Separately" option and saving each image, then using something like Imagemagick to make an animated image on your local system
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:
Sometimes Chrome will finish creating the image and display it, but not let the user save it to their computer. If you experience this issue, please try using Firefox
Occasionally Firefox will display gaps between "image tiles" that appear as black lines.
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):
Move to an image/timestamp with the feature you want to follow
Click the feature in that image
Move to a different image/timestamp with the same feature you want to follow
Click the same feature in that image
Your chosen feature will now stay at the same point on your screen while looping
Move the green and red boxes to adjust the start and end images and locations
Check/uncheck "Hide" to hide/show the graphics
Check/uncheck "Follow Feature" to turn on/off the imagery's motion on the screen while it loops
The yellow box shows the approximate position of the feature for the current image/time
Click the "Clear" button to completely turn off the feature
Click this box to close it before it closes automatically.
Copy this URL to share this exact loop with others.
SLIDER: Satellite Loop Interactive Data Explorer in Real-time
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.
All available GOES-16 sectors including Full Disk, CONUS, and both Mesoscale sectors (similar for Himawari)
Access to all 16 bands for each sector
Some of CIRA’s derived products are also available
Zoom in on interesting features in the imagery
Drag imagery around to view different parts of it
Rotate imagery at 15 degree intervals
Add additional map layers as desired including borders, bodies of water, and human points of interest
Toggle on/off lat/lon lines
Options to choose the time step and the number of images in the loop
Choose imagery from an archive that's multiple months long depending on the satellite and sector
If you're viewing a real-time (non-archived) loop, and would like to save/share the exact times you're viewing instead of the real-time imagery that will update, simply click the "(A)rchived Imagery" button to have the current times saved in the URL for sharing
Ability to draw on the imagery (useful for presenting)
Keyboard shortcuts for almost everything
All changes you make are immediately saved in the URL, so you can easily share exactly what you’re looking at through email and social media
Works in the browsers on many smartphones
SLIDER will always work better on faster desktop and laptop computers, as viewing as much data as is possible with it will push many browsers to their limits
Please keep in mind that if you have an older or slower system, your user experience may be less than ideal
Works best in Google Chrome, but also works well in other browsers that have been tested
Some of the functions require newer browsers, so if you're using an old browser, it's likely you'll experience bugs and/or it might not work at all
The further you zoom in on imagery, the harder your browser has to work
For each overlay product/layer of imagery you add, your browser has to work significantly harder
If you have a very high resolution screen, performance may suffer, but can be helped if you shrink the size of your browser window
Information about Latency
Latency refers to the time between the timestamp of an image and the time that it becomes available in SLIDER
The timestamps shown on SLIDER are the time when the image first started being scanned by the satellite. That is to say, about 10 minutes of the percieved latency for full disk GOES imagery is actually just the difference between when the image started being scanned by the satellite and when it finished. Please refer to this helpful graphic about scan times from the GOES-R Program for more details.
The individual bands for each satellite are the fastest to be processed
Different derived products have different amounts of additional latency because they require extra processing
GeoColor is one of, if not the, slowest imagery to processes, as it's a complex algorithm that has many steps. The full disk GeoColor imagery will usually be multiple minutes behind the individual bands.
Additional latency is added by getting the data from the satellite down to the satellite dish at CIRA, processing and saving the raw data to the main data location, processing the raw data into imagery, transferring imagery from any of the many servers that process the imagery to the SLIDER processing servers, processing the full-resolution imagery into small tiles to be displayed in SLIDER, and updating the database for the website so users' browsers know to look for the new imagery
Right/Left: Move to next/previous image in loop
j/k: Move to next/previous image in loop
Up/Down: Increase/Decrease animation speed
@: Enable/disable auto-refresh (regularly check for new imagery)
Spacebar: Play or stop loop
l (lowercase L): Play loop forward
r: Rock/Play loop back and forth
v: Play loop in reverse
m: Add a new map
n: Hide/show latitude and longitude lines on imagery
h: Hide/show the controls (i.e. full screen mode). Note that all keyboard shortcuts still work when the controls are hidden
F11: In most browsers, this will also get rid of the browser interface, for true full screen mode
y: Start SLIDER session over from the default satellite, sector, and product
u: Share the exact loop you're viewing with others using a shortened URL. Note that everything except drawings is saved, including if you pause, select dates from the archive, add overlay products, etc.
? (question mark or slash): Show/Hide this help screen
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:
s: Change satellite
c: Change sector
p: Change product
i: Number of images
t: Time step
o: Add overlay product
b: Select imagery from the archive by setting the beginning date and time
e: Add comparison slider for top product
d: Toggle mouse draw/drag function
g: Clear any drawing on the canvas
Shift+Up/Down/Left/Right: Move imagery within the window
, (comma): Rotate the imagery counterclockwise (the direction of the "<" arrow on that key)
. (period): Rotate the imagery clockwise (the direction of the ">" arrow on that key)
+ (plus/equals): Zoom in on the point in the imagery at center of your screen
- (minus/hyphen): Zoom out of the point in the imagery at center of your screen
z: Shortcut to click the "Max Zoom" button, after which the next point you click will be zoomed in on at the highest zoom level for the sector
Ctrl++ (plus/equals): Make interface larger using the normal zoom function of your browser
Ctrl+- (minus/hyphen): Make interface smaller using the normal zoom function of your browser
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (both numeric keypad and normal keys work): Zoom in on the part of the image in the center of your screen to a specific zoom level/imagery resolution. 0 is not zoomed at all, while 5 is the most zoomed. Note that smaller sectors won't have the highest zoom levels, but the higher keyboard shortcuts will take you to the highest zoom level for that sector, at which the imagery will be full resolution.
If the mouse scroll zooming isn't working in your browser, please use double-left-click and double-right-click or the on-screen buttons to zoom in/out
Click and drag imagery: Move imagery within the window
Double-left-click: Zoom in
Double-right-click: Zoom out
Scroll wheel or touchpad up/down: Zoom in/out of imagery
Right-click (Command+click on Mac): Open menu to select specific resolution at which to view the point you right-clicked
Click "Max Zoom" button: Zoom directly to the highest zoom level for a sector by clicking the "Max Zoom" button and the clicking the point on the imagery you want to zoom to