SMAP Winds Available in Near-Real-Time

Date Added: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Starting from August 20, 2016, the SMAP winds are processed in Near-Real-Time at Remote Sensing Systems. The SMAP Level 1 orbital antenna temperature observations are produced by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and distributed by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Because SMAP is a soil moisture mission, not designed for operational weather forecasts, the Level 1 files are made available with an average delay of about 12 hours.  We process the winds within 30 minutes after receiving the files. The main strength of the SMAP winds lies in retrievals at high winds, even in rain. SMAP winds are useful for storm analyses. Global daily images of SMAP winds can be browsed at

The figure below displays the wind field in the Tropical Atlantic on August 20, 2016, with the tropical storm Fiona.


SMAP Winds on Aug 20, 2016, Tropical Atlantic