Meteosat Images Help

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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!

How to View the Latest Imagery

The links in the table below are to special filenames of many type of imagery that will always show the latest available Meteosat imagery from EUMETSAT.

To bookmark an imagery type, simply right click on the one you would like to see and from the menu that appears choose 'Add bookmark' (for Netscape users) or 'Add to Favourites' (for Microsoft Internet Explorer users).

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 main EUMETSAT Meteosat Images 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.
Spacecraft Area Visible 0.6 Infrared 3.9 Water Vapour 6.2 Infrared 10.8
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Full Disc Mono
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Spacecraft Area Visible Infrared Water Vapour
Meteosat-7 Sectors C1D
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Full Disc CTOT
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Spacecraft Area Visible Infrared Water Vapour
Meteosat-5 Full Disc CTOT
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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 every 30 minutes so there's no point in looking on our server more often than that. Ideally 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 30 or 180* minutes
END WHILE

WHILE (true)
      connect
      download

      sleep for 5 minutes
END WHILE

WHILE (true)
      connect
      download
END WHILE
* full disc images are only made available on our server every three hours.
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).