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GPM Flies Over Developing Tropical Storm Idai Twice

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.
 

GPM Flies Over Developing Tropical Storm Idai Twice

Images produced by Jacob Reed (Telophase / NASA GSFC) and caption by Chris Kidd (NASA GSFC)