Latest Images

 

The links in the table below are links to special filenames. These links will always show the latest available imagery from EUMETSAT and cooperating organisations.

Spacecraft Type Full disc Europe Africa West Atlantic America Antarctic
Western Central Eastern Western Central Eastern Southern
Meteosat 0 degree Channels IR 3.9 Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
IR 10.8 Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
VIS 0.6 Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
WV 0.62 Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono
RGB
Composites
Dust RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
Airmass RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
Fog RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
Day Microphysics RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
Natural colors RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
Snow RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
Visualised
Products
MPE Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod
FIR Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod
AMV Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod
GII K TPW LI
CLA LCDC MCDC HCDC TCDC
CLAI CLAI
CLM CLM
CTH CTH
TH TH
Type Iceland Canary Sicily Caribbean Cape Verde Cameroon Ethiopia Rwanda Comoros Reunion Full disc
RGB
Composites
Ash RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
Type 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
RGB
Composites
E-View RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB RGB
 
Spacecraft Type Europe Africa MiddleEast Asia Indian Ocean Indonesia Antarctic
Northern Central Southern Northern Southern West East
Meteosat IODC Channels IR 11.5 Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
VIS 0.7 Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
Mono
Color
WV 6.4 Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono
Visualised
Products
MPE Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod Prod
 
Spacecraft Type Eps Flight Orbit View
METOP Channels IR 10.8 Mono
VIS 0.6 Mono
RGB Composites 124 RGB RGB
 

Update Frequency

The following is a table displaying the update frequency of each image. Typically Meteosat-9 scans the full earth every 15min, Meteosat-7 every 30min and Metop-2 generates an image every 3min. However, due to EUMETSAT's Data Policy, only a reduced set of images is freely available for direct download through this web page. If you need a higher frequency and/or resolution, please consider a EUMETCast based solution.

 
Spacecraft Type Europe Non Europe
Meteosat-9 Channels 1h 3h
RGB Composites 1h 1h
Visualised Products 15min 15min
Meteosat-7 Channels 3h 3h
METOP-2 Channels 3min 3min
 

How to Download the Latest Imagery

The following are some guidelines for writing programs that automatically download imagery from the EUMETSAT web site:

1. Don't connect more often than necessary

The satellites only scan the earth at regular intervals so there's no point in looking on our server more often than that. Idelly a program should be written so that it only connects once per run, and is run automatically every 30 minutes (i.e. using the UNIX 'crontab' or Windows NT 'at' commands).

 
GOOD OK BAD AWFUL
BEGIN
     connect
     download
END
WHILE (true)
     connect
     download
     sleep for 15min, 1h or 3h
END WHILE
WHILE (true)
     connect
     download

     sleep for 5 minutes
END WHILE

WHILE (true)
     connect
     download
END WHILE
 

2. Don't retry too many times after failing to establish a connection

 
GOOD BAD
number_of_retries = 3
i = 0

DO
      response = connect

      IF (response = "connected")
            download
      ELSE
            i = i + 1

            sleep 30 seconds
      END IF
WHILE (response <> "connected"
AND i < number_of_retries)

DO
      response = connect
WHILE (response = "not connected")

download

Users should be aware that EUMETSAT reserves the right to refuse or restrict access to Meteosat imagery to those users who regularly choose to ignore the above guidelines.

How to Bookmark Imagery Pages

If you wish to bookmark any imagery type available via the main 'Meteosat Images' page, please first select the type of imagery you wish to bookmark and then simply follow the instructions on the page that contains the imagery that you wish to bookmark. Please note that if you follow the instructions you won't bookmark the image itself, but rather the type of imagery that is displayed, and each time you visit the bookmark you'll be shown the latest available image of that type! (Ofcourse, depending on how often you visit the bookmark, you may need to 'Reload' or 'Refresh' the page).

To place an image within a page on your web site simply right-click and choose 'Copy Link Location' (for Netscape users) or 'Copy Shortcut' (for Internet Explorer users) and then paste this link into your page (don't copy and paste the image itself, that won't work!), making sure to inform users to reload or to place a flag in the HTML page that always reloads the image when a user loads the page. Please also make sure that you follow the copyright statement on the EUMETSAT's Image Gallery page. We would also be very grateful that if you wish to use this service that you contact us to let us know so that in future we can contact you with changes or upgrades to this service.

Please note that the services described on this page are presented on a best-effort basis and EUMETSAT reserves the right to cease or change the services without any notice!

  

 
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