Satellite, Radar and Lightning

Recent satellite imagery and lightning strikes (courtesy NOAA and Blitzortung);

NZ satellite

Lightning strikes


Interactive, map-based viewers:

Zoom Earth
Weatherzone Aus/NZ
BoM Aus/NZ
RealEarth - via SSEC with multiple sources of satellite imagery
JMA viewer
JAXA viewer
Himawari-8 Real-time Web - zoomable full disk image, with timeline and archive

Static images/animations:

MetService hourly: NZ Vis, Tasman IR and Tropics IR (colour-dvorak)
JMA/MSC - Himawari - 10 minute multi-channel incl Vis, IR, WV imagery for NZ
» also with South Pacific heavy rain potential
NOAA RAMMB - Himawari-8 imagery for NZ (and other areas)
NOAA/CIMSS Volcanic Cloud Monitoring (North Island, multi-satellite animation)

NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server - full disk images
» also with Southern Hemisphere Tropical Sectors
» and NZ static images: greyscale Vis/IR or colourised IR
NOAA GOES Image Server, with full disk and South Pacific images
» or straight to South Pacific satellite+lightning loop

SSEC Geostationary Imagery
» see also their images/data index and Composite Images
NOAA Aviaion Weather Center - global imagery, B&W/Color, static or loops
» including SE-Asia/Aus/NZ large static IR composite (Area F)

NASA Worldview - good for MODIS and VIIRS imagery

DSCOVR:EPIC - full disk global imagery from NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)


Satellite obs of moisture/precip

MIMIC-TPW ver.2 - via SSEC, Uni of Wisconsin
CIRA Advected TPW2 - via Colorado State Uni
NESDIS Operational Blended TPW - via NOAA

NOAA NESDIS STAR 24hr satellite rainfall estimates - or jump straight to Aus/NZ area
NASA Global Precipitation Measurement - IMERG, see also global viewer



MetService NZ composite radar image - "real-time", updates every 7.5 minutes, links to individual radars with 300km or 120km hi-res images


Lightning - live lightning maps for NZ, with real-time interactive map
» also via for NZ, with real-time interactive map
World Wide Lightning Location (WWLL) Network - IR+lightning composites
» with Aus/NZ/Pac animation