January 4, 2010
TRMM Measures Cyclone Laurence’s Heavy Rainfall
Tropical Cyclone Laurence dropped heavy rainfall over Northwest Australia last week, and NASA and the Japanese Space Agency's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM satellite measured that rainfall from its orbit in space.
The TRMM-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. monitors rainfall over the global Tropics. A TMPA analysis of rainfall was made during the period from December 13-23, 2009 when tropical cyclone Laurence was affecting northwest Australia.
Laurence had weakened to a category 1 tropical cyclone before making its final landfall early on December 22, 2009 (local time).
Image Caption: Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satelite rainfall analysis of Cyclone Laurence from Dec. 13-23, 2009, revealed that the heaviest rainfall totals of over 17.72 inches occurred in the Timor Sea near Cape Bougainville, Australia. Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce
On the Net:
- NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
- For more on Cyclone Laurence at NASA's Hurricane page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/2009/h2009_Laurence.html