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Tropical Storm Bopha Moving Through Southern Yap State Seen By NASA
2012-11-30 14:34:43

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NASA's TRMM and Aqua satellites captured images of Tropical Storm Bopha as it continues to move through Micronesia in the western North Pacific Ocean and trigger warnings and watches throughout. From its orbit in space, NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured rainfall rates occurring within Tropical Storm Bopha on Nov. 29 at 0417 UTC (Nov. 28 at 11:17 p.m. EST/U.S.), and noticed the heaviest rainfall was occurring south of...

Landslides For 2010 Confirmed By NASA's TRMM Satellite
2012-11-28 08:46:46

NASA A NASA study using TRMM satellite data revealed that the year 2010 was a particularly bad year for landslides around the world. A recent NASA study published in the October issue of the Journal of Hydrometeorology compared satellite rain data from NASA´s Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) to landslides in central eastern China, Central America and the Himalayan Arc, three regions with diverse climates and topography where rainfall-triggered landslides are frequent...

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Turns 15
2012-11-27 19:47:36

NASA [ Watch The Video ] When it rains it pours, goes the saying, and for the last 15 years, the data on tropical rainfall have poured in. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was launched on Nov. 27, 1997, and for the last decade and a half has enabled precipitation science that has had far-reaching applications across the globe. Rain is one of the most important natural processes on Earth, and nowhere does it rain more than across the tropics. Orbiting at an angle to...

Small Area Of Heavy Rain In Fading Tropical Depression 25W Seen By NASA
2012-11-16 11:58:45

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Depression 25W was raining on southern Vietnam on Nov. 14 when NASA's TRMM satellite passed overhead and measured rainfall rates within the storm. TRMM noticed that the heaviest rainfall was limited to a small area and was located over open waters. NASA's TRMM or Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite was launched in 1997, and can read that rate at which rain falls in storms on Earth from its orbit in space. NASA's TRMM satellite flew...

Hurricane Sandy's Rainfall Added Up From Space By NASA
2012-11-02 07:02:47

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM, satellite acts as a rain gauge in space as it orbits the Earth's tropics. As TRMM flew over Hurricane Sandy since its birth on Oct. 21 it was gathering data that has now been mapped to show how much rain the storm dropped along the U.S. eastern seaboard. Much of the recent deadly flooding along the northeastern United States coastlines was caused by super storm Sandy's storm swell. Strong winds from...

Hurricane Sandy "The Bride of Frankenstorm" Approaching U.S. East Coast Seen By NASA
2012-10-26 15:39:43

NASA NASA's TRMM satellite revealed Hurricane Sandy's heavy rainfall and the storm is expected to couple with a powerful cold front and Arctic air to bring that heavy rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. Some forecasters are calling this combination of weather factors "Frankenstorm" because of the close proximity to Halloween. However, because Sandy is a woman's name, the storm could be considered a "bride of Frankenstorm." NASA satellites have provided forecasters at the...

Birth Of Arabian Sea Cyclone Seen By NASA Satellite
2012-10-25 10:00:27

NASA's TRMM satellite measured rainfall and towering clouds within the Arabian Sea's first tropical cyclone of the season as it passed overhead from space. Meanwhile, the infrared AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite noticed that strong thunderstorms surrounded the center of the storm. Tropical Cyclone 1A is expected to be short-lived as it heads for a landfall in Somalia on Oct. 25. Since it was launched in 1997 the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has been...

Tropical Storm Prapiroon's Rains Mostly South Of Center Indicated By NASA Satellite
2012-10-17 15:19:37

Tropical Storm Prapiroon is still meandering in the western north Pacific Ocean, and NASA's TRMM satellite noticed that dry air and wind shear are adversely affecting rainfall north of the storm's center. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite flew above Prapiroon when it was a typhoon on Oct. 15, 2012 at 0632 UTC (2:32 a.m. EDT). Prapiroon's sustained wind speeds had dropped to 70 knots (~81 mph) with a large and ragged eye being its dominant feature. TRMM's Microwave...

Rainfall Pushed Away From Tropical Storm Anais' Center Seen By NASA
2012-10-17 15:14:48

Satellite imagery from NASA's TRMM satellite showed that wind shear is pushing the bulk of rainfall away from the center of Tropical Storm Anais. When NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite passed over Tropical Storm Anais on Oct. 16 at 0654 UTC (2:54 a.m. EDT), light to moderate rainfall was occurring southeast of the center and falling at a rate between .78 to 1.57 inches/20 to 40 mm per hour. The displacement of rainfall from around the storm's center to the...

Mostly Moderate Rainfall In Tropical Storm Maria Seen By NASA
2012-10-16 10:56:46

Tropical Storm Maria was born in the western North Pacific Ocean and has a large area of moderate rainfall, as NASA's TRMM satellite revealed today, Oct. 15. NASA's TRMM satellite noticed that most of Maria's rainfall was occurring northeast of the storm's center. Maria is the twenty-third tropical cyclone of the western North Pacific season. When NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite passed over Tropical Storm Maria on Oct. 15 at 1329 UTC (9:29 a.m. EDT) light to...