The Cloud Product monitors the physical and radiative properties of clouds including cloud particle phase (ice vs. water, clouds vs. snow), effective cloud particle radius, cloud optical thickness, cloud shadow effects, cloud top temperature, cloud top height, effective emissivity, cloud phase (ice vs. water, opaque vs. non-opaque), and cloud fraction under both daytime and nighttime conditions. The ESDT names are MOD06_L2 (Terra) and MYD06_L2 (Aqua).
Following the Terra Deep Space Calibration on August 5th, 2017 (2017 217) there were some faulty C6 Terra MODIS Atmosphere data as the focal plane temperatures did not return to nominal values until the day after - August 6th, 2017 (2017 218) 1420 UTC. So the granules for the time period between 2017 217 23:00 UTC and 2017 218 14:15 UTC were removed before the downstream Atmosphere processing. Data users will notice missing MODIS Atmosphere Data during this period for all Level-2 (L2) and Level-3 (L3) Daily atmosphere products.
Cloud Data Issues
The following changes entered Aqua forward processing starting on the production date given below. Aqua data generated before the corrected Production Date (noted below) was not reprocessed. Terra was not impacted as Terra processing had not yet begun when the problem was found and fixed.
Look Up Tables (LUTs)
A number of ancillary data files are input into the 06_L2 HDF file. (Information provided by Gala Wind)
Ancillary File List:
Used by Cloud Top Properties (CT) and Cloud Optical Properties (OD).