Topic:  NOAA-15 and NOAA-19 AVHRR Channel 3A / 3B Switching Activation over Alaska Region


Date/Time Issued:  September 14, 2020 0100 UTC


Product(s) or Data Impacted:  NOAA-15 and NOAA-19 AVHRR data over Alaska Region


Date/Time of Initial Impact:  September 15, 2020 01:48:00 UTC


Date/Time of Expected End: Seasonally (Ongoing)


Length of Outage: See details below; roughly 8 months


Details/Specifics of Change:  NESDIS Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) engineers will activate switching for NOAA-15 and NOAA-19 AVHRR Channel 3A / 3B for the period of September 15, 2020 to May 14, 2021.  Switching to Channel 3A will occur during this period over the predefined box encompassing the Alaska Region (box coordinates 50°N to 75°N and 173°E to 135°W).  NOAA-15 and NOAA-19 AVHRR will switch between Channel 3B and Channel 3A to support snow and ice detection and monitoring activities over Alaska Region.


First NOAA-15 AVHRR 3A/B switch September 15 Rev 16203, 259/04:29:40 to 259/04:37:22 UTC for a duration of 462 seconds.

First CDA contact NOAA-15 F Rev 16204 259/06:10:50 to 259/06:16:09 UTC for a duration of 319 seconds.


First NOAA-19 AVHRR 3A/B switch and CDA contact September 15 F Rev 59805, 259/01:48:00 to 259/01:51:15 UTC for a duration of 195 seconds.


Channel switching will stop after May 14, 2021 for the beginning of fire season.  A reminder notification will be sent. 


The coordination for the activation and deactivation of switching for NOAA-15 and NOAA-19 AVHRR Channel 3A / 3B is a collaborative effort between NESDIS OSPO, National Weather Service (NWS) Alaska Region, University of Alaska - Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA), and the NWS Fire Weather Service Manager and is intended to seasonally optimize the Fire Weather and Cryosphere observing posture for Alaska.


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