The color balance of the simulated image is set to reproduce the "actual" colors/radiances when the display white point is set to closely match the sun. Thus to see a true apples to apples comparison (if for example you take your computer outside or right by a window), please set your display to a color temperature of 5780K (the sun's white color above the atmosphere). Some images are shown a bit dark to avoid saturating and losing details on the bright end. This can be compensated for by turning up your monitor brightness, thus showing a broader dynamic range.
Latest all-sky comparison image | mask (site is BAO)
Latest comparison animations (site is BAO): Cylindrical
In these 360 degree panoramic views, the top is a simulated LAPS image and bottom is a remapped camera image from a scanning camera maintained by the Earth Systems Research Laboratory atop the 1000' high BAO Tower in Erie, Colorado. South is at the center of each image and north is at the edges. The listed solar irradiance is calculated from the same radiance information used to construct the image.
Latest Simulated image | Latest Camera image | animation (site is BAO) | Sample forecasts: (Kansas Storms) | (Moore Tornado)
Archive Directories (site is BAO): Cylindrical Comparison | Cylindrical Simulated | Verification
Contact: Steve Albers (Steve.Albers@noaa.gov)