TRMM Sees Powerful Typhoon MA-ON
The TRMM satellite passed almost directly above powerful typhoon MA-ON on 14 July 2011 at 0525 UTC. This TRMM orbit revealed that MA-ON was extremely well organized with several bands of intense thunderstorms around a well defined eye. This rainfall analysis, using data from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR), shows that the heaviest rainfall of over 50 mm/hr (~ 2 inches) was located in the southwestern quadrant of MA-ON's eye wall. MA-ON is predicted to become an even more dangerous super typhoon with wind speeds of 135 kts (155 mph) on 17 July 2011 while approaching the islands of southern Japan.