Italy Meteosat Infrared Map


This animation provides a real-time update of the past 24 hours across Italy, with a 15 minutes frequency. It is generated using data from METEOSAT satellites captured in the 10.8 ยตm infrared channel (this value indicates the wavelength of the observed radiation, with the unit of measurement being one millionth of a meter).
The displayed images appear in black and white because only one channel is utilized among those through which the satellite observes our planet. However, even without color, important information can be extracted from each image because the infrared channel is sensitive to the temperature of the observed area.
In particular, gray or blackish areas represent warmer regions, while lighter shades of gray indicate lower temperatures. Therefore, the white areas, typically higher-altitude clouds, are the coldest.