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JMA launches HimawariRequest service for target observations in RA II and RA V

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) launched the new international HimawariRequest satellite service for RA II and RA V, in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. HimawariRequest allows users of Himawari-8/9 satellite data to request Target Area observations covering a 1000kmx1000km area every 2.5 minutes. Target Area observations provide more accurate tracking and better insight into severe events, for example tropical cyclones or volcanic eruptions, and thus contribute to reducing the impact of natural disasters in RA II and RA V.

HimawariRequest is a direct outcome of a recommendation by the Joint RA II/RA V Workshop on WIGOS for Disaster Risk Reduction held in October 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and subsequent discussions within the WMO Space Programme and its Inter-Programme Expert Team on Satellite Utilization and Products (IPET-SUP).

More information on HimawariRequest: JMA Press Release (18 January 2018)


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Using RGBs in Operational Meteorology – short videos


Four short videos about the use of RGB images in operational meteorology

EUMETSAT has recently released 4 short (4-9 minutes) videos covering RGB applications.

These videos were produced as a direct response to feedback from users, who would like short and focused introductions to the RGBs.

You can watch the videos in YouTube at