GPM Finds Rainfall Increasing With Tropical Cyclone Yvette
The GPM core observatory satellite again flew over tropical cyclone Evette (02S), located off the northwestern coast of Australia, on December 21, 2016 at 0941 UTC. Maximum sustained winds had increased to about 40 kts (46 mph). The GPM satellite's Microwave Imager (GMI) revealed that the area of continuous rainfall around Yvette's center of circulation had increased in size. Convective storms were shown by GPM to be dropping rain at rates of over 60 mm (2.4 inches) per hour.
Tropical cyclone Yvette is predicted to intensify slightly by tomorrow to about 50 kts (58 mph). Yvette continues to be in a weak steering environment and is expected to meander in the same area of the Indian Ocean for a couple more days. After that Yvette is predicted move in a southeastward direction toward the coast of Australia.