Tropical Cyclone Helen Hits India
Tropical cyclone Helen was the fourth named tropical cyclone in the Bay Of Bengal this year when it formed on November 19, 2013. The image on the left shows tropical cyclone Helen as the TRMM satellite flew over on November 21, 2013 at 0606 UTC when Helen had reached peak intensity of about 60kts (~69 mph). The image on the right uses data captured on November 22, 2013 at 0510 UTC when tropical cyclone HELEN was hitting India's east-central coastline. Precipitation data derived from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) instruments show that Helen was dropping rain at a rate of over 72 mm/hr (~2.8 inches) in an area northeast of the storm's center of circulation. Helen is expected to dissipate quickly while moving westward over India.