GPM Flies Over Flooding Rainfall in Washington DC

Washington DC experienced extreme rainfall the morning of July 8th, 2019 when a cluster of slow-moving thunderstorms moving through the area tapped into a very moist airmass to produce extremely heavy rains, which resulted in flash flooding throughout the region. The storms were triggered by a nearby frontal boundary. 

Flooding rainfall in DC

The GPM Core Observatory passed over this storm system at 8:51am ET, with its Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar measuring rainfall rates in excess of 100 mm/hr in some areas. Reagan National Airport (DCA) also reported receiving 80 mm of rainfall in one hour, corroborating the high rates detected by GPM. The National Weather Service issued a rare Flash Flood Emergency in the morning, and police urged people to stay off the roads due to numerous closures

Washington DC flooding rainfall

Images produced by Jacob Reed (Telophase/NASA GSFC) 

Caption by Jacob Reed (Telophase/NASA GSFC), Stephen Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC), and Joe Munchak