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NASA Sees High Thunderstorms In Tropical Cyclone Fobane
2014-02-12 13:27:27

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Cyclone Fobane was located southeast of Reunion Island in the southwest Indian Ocean when the TRMM satellite passed over and captured rainfall and cloud data on the storm. TRMM saw that despite Fobane weakening, there was still some punch left in a few of the thunderstorms within. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite passed over Fobane on February 11, 2014 at 0035 UTC. Fobane was very small but contained a few powerful...

NASA Sees Rainfall In Tropical Cyclone Fobane
2014-02-11 15:16:46

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Some towering thunderstorms were spotted in Tropical Cyclone Fobane as NASA's TRMM satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean on February 10. Fobane was formerly Tropical Cyclone 14S and when it strengthened into a tropical storm it was renamed. NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency manages the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM. TRMM has the capability to measure rainfall rates from space and data that can be used...

Astronomers Get A Good Look Inside Asteroid Itokawa
2014-02-05 12:24:19

[ Watch the Video: What's Inside An Asteroid? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers, using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) New Technology Telescope (NTT), have discovered that asteroids have a highly varied internal structure. The astronomers used the instrument to look at different parts of the asteroid Itokawa, which was the target of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa in 2005. This spacecraft took samples of an asteroid for the first time and...

System 91S Undeveloped In Mozambique Channel Seen By NASA
2014-01-30 16:26:34

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite that observed the tropical low pressure area designated as System 91S earlier this week captured another look at a much weaker storm on January 30. Wind shear has now increased in the region, and the development chances for the tropical low pressure area have dropped. At 800 UTC/3 a.m. EST, the center of System 91S was located near 18.2 south latitude and 39.1 east longitude, about 370 nautical...

TRMM Satellite Looks At Rainfall In Developing Low Near Mozambique
2014-01-29 14:26:54

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center The TRMM satellite flew above a System 91S, a tropical low pressure area, in the Mozambique Channel on January 28, 2014 at 1011 UTC/5:11 a.m. EST. TRMM data collected with this pass may be helpful in evaluating this low for possible tropical cyclone formation. An analysis of rainfall from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) instruments are shown on the left overlaid on a visible/infrared image from TRMM's Visible and InfraRed...

2014-01-28 09:27:27

The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The observatory will link data from a constellation of current and planned satellites to produce next-generation...

2014-01-27 16:20:16

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world enters a new era of global weather observing and climate science in February with the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a new international science satellite built by NASA. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) GPM, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan....

Tropical Cyclone Colin Coming Unwound
2014-01-15 08:34:12

NASA Tropical Cyclone Colin is not as tightly wrapped as it was a day ago. Satellite imagery from NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites show Colin is not as organized as it was, and most of the strongest precipitation was occurring on the southern side of the storm and waning. On January 14, 2014 at 0900 UTC, Colin had maximum sustained winds near 40 knots/46.0 mph/74.0 kph. It was far from land, and centered 1,171 nautical miles/1,348 miles/2,169 km from Diego Garcia near 26.7 south and 73.3...

Rainfall From System 94S Seen Over Australia's Arnhem Region
2014-01-15 08:23:50

NASA The low pressure area designated as System 94S has been trying to organize off the northern coast of Australia's Northern Territory for a couple of days. NASA's TRMM satellite passed overhead on January 14 and saw some areas of heavy rainfall as the low appears more organized. NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM measured the rainfall rates occurring in System 94S as it affected the northern coast of...

Tropical Cyclone Colin's Rainfall Rates Added Up By NASA
2014-01-14 07:51:21

NASA Tropical Cyclone Colin continued moving through the Southern Indian Ocean on January 13 while NASA's TRMM satellite passed overhead and calculated the rates in which rain was falling throughout the storm. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite is managed by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. TRMMM captured an image of rainfall rates occurring in Colin on Jan. 13 at 0753 UTC/2:53 a.m. EST. TRMM Precipitation Radar showed that the bulk of Colin's...