GPM Flies Over Developing Tropical Storm Idai Twice
Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai started as a tropical depression on the 4th of March, 2019, off the coast of Mozambique. After making landfall over Mozambique it turned back over the Mozambique Channel and strengthened to become a tropical cyclone on the 10th of March. The GPM satellite captured the cyclone with both the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) and the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) on the 11th of March at 04:36 UTC when the storm was in the middle on the Mozambique Channel. The DPR captured a well-developed eye, seen at the center of the image. It flew over the storm once again at 17:56 UTC measuring increased precipitation rates. This storm will continue towards the Mozambique coastline, likely to make landfall once more by the 17th of March.
Images produced by Jacob Reed (Telophase / NASA GSFC) and caption by Chris Kidd (NASA GSFC)