This is the first time I have ordered satellite imagery via the NOAA CLASS system using the shopping cart, so I am a complete novice.
I have requested and downloaded old GOES-1 images from May 1979, but the problem is it seems the way in which the files are named perhaps and I don't know how to fix this, as it is affecting the file extension which creates something you subsequently can't open.
For example, the files I have downloaded (whether over ftp or www option) are called:
And when you save them, it says you are saving a file with the '.AREA_IR' and '.AREA_VIS' file extension, which is of course not what I want, as how do you open it?
Now, under user preferences, there are only two options for these old images - AREA format or RAW format. So, I choose .raw format which I know I can open. I request another download and I get these two files for downloading:
and, this time it wants to download a '.a' file and a '.1200' file which is obviously not what it's supposed to be.
I have tried renaming the files (especially the second set) to no avail -- I have tried .raw on the end, and I saw they use the word dataset so I have even tried .tar and .tar.gz in case it might be an archive -- nothing works.
When you go into the details of your order, they do say it is .tar file initially, but I tried to download it by adding the .tar extension upon saving even, and still nothing -- won't open in archive software.
Has anyone encountered this? How do I use these files?