As well as camera images, Polar-orbiting weather satellites carry a range of instruments constantly coughing out data and most of this deluge of data comes pouring into my PC in one form or another. The rather smart HRPT Reader software from David Taylor can then produce not just pretty pictures but also Sea Surface Temperature analysis, fire data, water vapour and, as in the image below, vegetation data.
Well, the last week here has been a jolly mix of gale-force winds and torrential rain.
As a result, reception of satellite data has been first patchy and then nil after the thrashing winds first disrupted download (by waving the dish about) and then cut it off altogether by somehow turning the heavily bolted dish slightly away from the satellite. Bah!
Slightly calmer today and it’s up on the roof and shouting through the window.
The dish is once more aligned and signal strength better than ever.
More images to follow..