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Does anyone know of a comprehensive listing of geostationary weather satellites?

The WMO OSCAR database is a list of all Earth observation satellites¹. The resulting table can be sorted by orbit type, status (inactive/operation/planned), agency, and other aspects. From their own ...
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Why are the clouds white and Australia black in weather satellite infrared images?

I had a very similar question in a job interview! The only difference is that it was an image from SEVIRI on Meteosat. The imager on HIMAWARI is called the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI). The AHI ...
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Why are the clouds white and Australia black in weather satellite infrared images?

It is likely because there is already a conversion from the raw data to the grayscale image posted on the CWB website. From this online course (emphasis mine): [...] using the mathematics behind ...
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Great Lakes - cookie cutter clouds

There are a couple reasons for this. First, Lake Michigan is still cold this time of year, relative to the land that surrounds it. Warm air flowing over the lake will exchange heat and cool, ...
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What causes the counter-intuitive presence of CO2 in the atmosphere during spring and summer months?

From Scripps: [The] latitudinal differences in fluctuation are the result of photosynthetic activity by plants. As plants begin to photosynthesize in the spring and summer, they consume CO2 from ...
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Are these plane trails seen from satellite

Under the right conditions (in a basic sense, locally high relative humidity; see also this discussion on this site regarding contrail formation), the clouds initially formed by contrails may persist ...
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Why is there no High-Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) on Metop-C?

HIRS is an old NASA heritage design that flew on both European and US weather satellites as part of the EUMETSAT/NOAA Initial Joint Polar System. The Inrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI)...
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Introductory course on interpreting GOES-R satellite images?

There are numerous short modules offered by UCAR's COMET/METED website: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_detail.php Modules specific to GOES-R include (but aren't limited to): GOES-R/JPSS test ...
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In meteorology, are satellite data "better" than reanalysis data?

Unfortunately, your question has no answer. Both have errors. Both can be unreliable. Your choice really depends on how you plan on using them. Satellites instrument contain sources of error, such as ...
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doubt about the 'white spaces' in the maps from satellite

Expect every daily retrieval of AOD to have many missing pixels, mostly where clouds appear. Data is removed when the quality assurance flags do not meet some minimum criteria. This can happen when ...
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Convert satellite image data (GOES 15) into solar irradiance values?

It is far too complex a process to estimate surface irradiances utilising satellite data. No software takes just satellite images as input and gives out irradiances. I am pasting link to an article ...
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Does anyone know of a comprehensive listing of geostationary weather satellites?

I queried Wikidata for "instance of" = "weather satellite" and came up with this list: http://tools.wmflabs.org/wikidata-todo/autolist.html?q=CLAIM[31%3A209363%2C0%3A%28%29] Please remember that ...
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Where are old Himawari weather satellite images available to the public? Is the 18-Dec-2018 Bearing Sea fireball still there?

You need to go this site - Himawari Archive and then it depends on what category of user you are and then obtain the imagery that way. UPDATE - On OP's request I am recording the information I got ...
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Where can I find archived night microphysics images from EUMETSAT? I

I think only the Day microphysics RGB composite is a standard EUMETSAT product. However, the night microphysics RGB is available from other data portals like the ePort by Eumetrain.org. There you can ...
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Looking for global cloud cover animations or videos

That kind of "moving clouds animation" is a very common one, as it is used routinely to aid in weather forecasting. However, it is not very common to see it in a whole-world geographic projection as ...
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Understanding the color coding of a weather map

Unfortunately it's common for satellite data services to show these types of images qualitatively, omitting the units or even a colorbar. This is an infrared image from the 10.8 micron channel (TIR1) ...
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Is cloudfraction a proper measure of gaseous data expanse?

No, cloud fraction is not a good measure of $\ce{SO_2}$. Clouds are functions of moisture, temperature, and cloud condensation nuclei. Som of the other variables, such as (but not limited to) ...
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Total Cloud Cover% from NOAA inverted?

I wasn't as quick to be convinced, but looks like this GFS model plot of simulated IR satellite over the previous hour for 1Z on the 2nd (so basically the same time as your image) verifies it's not ...
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Total Cloud Cover% from NOAA inverted?

I assume that that the total cloud cover % is inverted? No, it's not. As gerrit mentioned in a comment, about 70% of the Earth is covered by clouds at any point in time. Science fiction movies and TV ...
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Rainfall Anomaly Index using satellite data

I think Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) is good fit with your objective. The SPI value is spanning from -3 to +3, positive SPI values indicate greater than median precipitation (Wet) and ...
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What is real impact of Precision Agriculture?

This is a placeholder answer in anticipation of (1) the question being closed before I can write a valid answer, and (2) I will replace this placeholder with a valid answer. I have now partially ...
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Weather Forecasts

Your question is extremely broad and it would be comprehensive to answer in detail. How it is done varies from one application to another. But in general, all weather forecasts come from a numerical ...
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Looking for fun and illuminating weather visualizations

Try VentuSky. An interactive map with different models and data visualization that can be adjusted easily.
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Looking for fun and illuminating weather visualizations

Try Windy.com It looks very similar to the EarthWindMap, but appears to offer more controls. It is simple to change the heights and what variables are of interest.
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Where can I get good raw meteorological data for Middle East?

This work intend to consolidate climate data series from 79 stations in North Africa and the Middle East, between the 19th century to present day. Distribution of the stations are shown in Figure 1: ...
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Alternative WMS servers for GOES-East satellite imagery

The Real Earth server from SSEC seems to be a good choice. https://realearth.ssec.wisc.edu/doc/dataaccess.php
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