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Dangerous Hurricane Willa Probed By GPM Satellite

Hurricane Willa was moving northward toward the western coast of Mexico when the GPM core observatory passed above on October 21, 2018 at 1:51 PM MDT (1951 UTC). The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of about 95 mph (109 kts). Since then Willa has rapidly intensified and today has winds of 155 mph (135 kts) making it a dangerous category four on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments collected data showing that hurricane Willa and feeder bands were producing heavy rainfall over a large area. The

GPM Views Downgraded Hurricane Michael Soaking the Eastern U.S.

View fullscreen in STORM Event Viewer Hundreds of miles way from its landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, Michael has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it continues to pack a punch. Waterlogged regions of the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence are seeing trees toppled in the gusty winds, while rain falling in the Appalachian Mountains is leading to flash flooding and water rescues. Widespread power outages and flooding remain likely as the storm moves to the northeast through the rest of the day.

GPM Scans Tropical Storm Nadine

Tropical Depression fifteen was located southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands when it became tropical storm Nadine early on October 9, 2018. The GPM core observatory collected significant information about Nadine when it scanned the tropical storm's center of circulation on October 10, 2018 at 3:01 AM EDT (0701 UTC). Nadine was a small tropical storm but GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) data revealed that extreme rainfall was occurring in areas around the center of the tropical cyclone. GPM's radar (DPR Ku Band) measurements indicated that rain was

GPM's GMI Measures Weakening Kong-Rey's Rainfall

The GPM core observatory passed above tropical storm Kong-Rey on October 5, 2018 at 0846 UTC. Kong-Rey was a powerful category five typhoon just a few days ago but increased vertical wind shear and cooler sea surface temperatures have caused the tropical cyclone to weaken dramatically. Tropical storm Kong-Rey had maximum sustained winds of about 55 kts (63 mph) when it was scanned by the satellite. GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) data were used to gauge the intensity of precipitation around Kong-Rey's center of circulation. Energy observed through clouds by GMI's microwave channels was used to

GPM Examines Upgraded Hurricane Leslie

The GPM core observatory satellite passed above hurricane Leslie on October 3, 2018 at 7:33 AM EDT (1133 UTC). Leslie had just been upgraded to a hurricane by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument collected data that revealed light to moderate convective rainfall in Leslie's clearly evident eye wall. Very little precipitation was shown by GPM in the center of the hurricane's nearly circular eye. Algorithms developed by NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) science team indicated that rain was falling at over 1.8 inches (45.7 mm) per hour within

GPM Sees Walaka Becoming A Powerful Hurricane

The GPM core observatory recently had a couple good looks at tropical storm Walaka as it was intensifying into a powerful hurricane. GPM passed directly over tropical storm Walaka when it was located south of the Hawaiian islands on September 30, 2018 at 8:38 AM HST (1838 UTC). Data collected by GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments showed that Walaka was well organized and very close to hurricane intensity. GPM's Radar (DPR Ku Band) data revealed intense convective storms in a large feeder band that was wrapping around the tropical storm's

GPM Views Cat. 2 Typhoon Trami Moving Towards Japan

View fullscreen in STORM Event Viewer Once a Category 5 Super Typhoon, Trami has become rooted in place due to a lack of steering flow. This has caused the storm to deplete the warm waters beneath it and it has since weakened to a Category 2 with maximum winds of 90 knots. It maintains a broad eye and once it begins moving again, is likely to reintensify at least somewhat as it zooms northeastward over the Ryukyu Islands and into the southern coast of Japan. Wind impacts are likely to be exacerbated by its forward speed and current forecasts expect it to have widespread impacts in a region

GPM View Hurricane Rosa in the Eastern Pacific

The GMI overflight here shows a clear center of circulation with much of the intense convection on the south side of Hurricane Rosa, a Category 1 storm with winds of 75 knots. It is expected to continue intensifying over the next couple days before it runs into strong shear and cooler waters off the Baja California coast. Forecasts suggest it will make landfall in Northern Baja as a tropical storm, with its primary impacts being heavy rainfall and flash flooding over the Desert Southwest.

Super Typhoon Trami's Rainfall Examined By GPM

The GPM core observatory satellite probed super typhoon TRAMI when it traveled above the northwestern Pacific Ocean on September 24, 2018 at 1203 UTC. At that time TRAMI had maximum sustained winds estimated at 130 kts (150 mph). This image shows rainfall measurements that were made using data collected by GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments. GPM's GMI showed the locations of extremely heavy rainfall in the super typhoon's well defined circular eye. GPM's radar (DPR Ku Band) coverage was limited because it's swath only included storms on the

GPM IMERG Adds Up Heavy Rainfall from Typhoon Mangkhut

#NASA's GPM IMERG data product was used to estimate the devastating heavy rainfall that fell on China and the Philippines from #TyphoonMangkhut. This video shows storm-total and 3-hourly precipitation accumulations from 9/11/17 - 9/17/18. Learn more: — NASA Precipitation (@NASARain) September 18, 2018 In the past week, Typhoon Mangkhut has affected the Philippines, mainland China, and Hong Kong, as shown in this 7-day animation of NASA's satellite-based IMERG precipitation product. The upper frame shows the storm-total accumulation starting at