TRMM Visits Edilson Again
The TRMM satellite had an excellent early morning look at Edilson on February 7, 2014 at 0237 UTC (~ 0628 local time) when it passed directly above the tropical cyclone . A rainfall analysis from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) instruments is shown overlaid on an enhanced visible/infrared image from TRMM's Visible and InfraRed Scanner (VIRS). The area covered by TRMM's Precipitation radar (PR) data is shown in a lighter shade. Those data show Edilson south of Reunion and Mauritius Islands dropping it's heaviest rain at a rate of over 175mm/hr (~6.9 inches) in an intense feeder band on the eastern side of the tropical cyclone.
TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) data sliced through Edilson providing data for a 3-D look inside the tropical cyclone. Those data revealed that the highest thunderstorm tops, reaching heights over 14.75km (~9.1 miles), were also located in the feeder band east of Edilson's center of circulation.