What Is The Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) ?

Weather forecasting for seafaring owners and crews of luxury yachts just got better.


Per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “a powerful instrument designed to give scientists more refined information about Earth’s atmosphere and improve weather and climate forecasts is now active and sending its first data back to Earth from America’s newest polar-orbiting satellite.


The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) will produce high resolution, three-dimensional temperature, atmospheric pressure, and moisture profiles that will be used in NOAA’s weather prediction computer models to forecast severe weather days in advance.”


This advancement in forecasting could help sailors of the world’s oceans be better prepared for the weather conditions they might face on their travels. As technology improves, so does the understanding of how best to approach travel around the globe. Operators of large pleasure yachts require up-to-date weather information when making decisions on travel plans, routes and berthing locations. We’ll be interested to see how the marine industry takes advantage of this development in more accurate information.


“Having data from CrIS will improve the quality, timeliness and accuracy of NOAA’s weather and climate predictions, which directly benefits everyone in America,” said Mary Kicza, assistant administrator for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service.

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