Spring Storms Hit Great Plains
Severe weather was extending from Minnesota to southern Texas on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. During that time there were three tornadoes reported in Minnesota, two in Colorado and two in Missouri.
The TRMM satellite flew above tornado spawning thunderstorms in the southern United States on May 9, 2014 at 0115 UTC (May 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM CTD). A rainfall analysis from TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) and Microwave Imager (TMI) is shown overlaid on a GOES-EAST infrared image received at the same time. TRMM's PR instrument found rain falling at a rate of over almost 163 mm/hr (about 6.4 inches) in an intense line of storms extending from Arkansas into Texas. Some of these powerful storms were returning reflectivity values of over 55dBZ to the satellite.
Click here to see a Low Resolution 640x360 simulated 3-D (Quicktime) animation that shows the location of intense radar echoes within this stormy area.
Click here to see a Low Resolution 640x360 simulated 3-D (MPEG) animation that shows the location of intense radar echoes within this stormy area.