Cyclone Chapala, which formed into a rare but powerful Category 4 cyclone in the Arabian Sea with winds at one time estimated at 155 mph by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) back on the 30th of October, made its initial landfall along the south coast of Yemen this morning west of the port city of Mukulla at around 09:00 UTC as a Category 1 cyclone with maximum sustained winds estimated at 75 mph by JTWC, making it the first Category 1 cyclone on record to strike Yemen. The last cyclone to strike the Arabian peninsula was Cyclone Phet, which hit eastern Oman back in 2010. In addition to
Tropical storm Vamco formed in the South China Sea on September 13, 2015 and went ashore in Vietnam a few days later. Although short lived Vamco dropped very heavy rainfall over the mountainous terrain of central Vietnam and in Laos and eastern Thailand. An Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) rainfall analysis is shown here for the period from September 12-15, 2015. This analysis indicates that during this short period over 220 mm (8.7 inches) rain fell along the tropical storm's path. Flash floods and landslides were likely in areas where this drenching rainfall occurred.
During the past week the combination of tropical storm Bill's landfall and a slowly moving frontal system extending from the Midwest to the Northeastern states dropped extreme rainfall from Texas' Gulf coast to the northeastern states. Data from NASA's Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) were used in this analysis to estimate the extreme amount of rain that fell during the past seven days. Tropical Storm Bill and it's remnants caused very heavy rainfall while moving through Texas and Oklahoma. Over a foot of rain was reported in Oklahoma resulting in at least two deaths. The
Monsoon rainfall, although a little later than normal, has started in southern India. Due to El Nino conditions India's monsoon is predicted to bring below normal rainfall this year. Cooling rainfall comes to the country after high temperatures preceding the monsoon have caused the reported deaths of over 2300 people. Data from the NASA's Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) was used in this animation to show the advent of India's monsoon. Rainfall estimates for the past few days (4-5 June 2015) show that some heavy showers have dropped over 120mm (4.7 inches) of rain in the
A stagnant upper-air pattern that spread numerous storms and heavy rains from central Texas up into Oklahoma has resulted in record flooding for parts of the Lone Star State. One of the hardest hit areas was in Hays County Texas south of Austin where the Blanco River rose rapidly and set a new record crest at over 40 feet, 13 feet above flood stage, following a night of very heavy rain in the area, with over 12 inches reported locally in a short period of time, in an area already wet from previous storms. The combination of high pressure over the southeastern United States and a persistent