On the morning of 7/9/18 the GPM Core Observatory satellite flew over powerful Typhoon Maria, observing a donut-shaped eyewall that is somewhat disconnected from the rest of the storm. Maria is likely to impact southern Ryukyu Islands before making landfall in Eastern China in the next couple days.
Off the southwest coast of Mexico, Hurricane Fabio has winds approaching 80 knots in this overflight, with a clear eye in the microwave and radar imagery. Fabio is expected to intensify over the next 24-48 hours, but will remain over open waters throughout its lifespan, eventually dissipating.
Tropical depression 09W was located in the northwest Pacific east of the Philippines when it was upgraded today to tropical storm PRAPIROON. The tropical storm is in a favorable environment for intensification. Vertical wind shear is low above the tropical cyclone and sea surface temperatures are warm below.
PPS is releasing version 3.80.44 build of the PPS TKIO toolkit using the 14.0.1 Fortran compiler for GPM. As detailed in our earlier announcement that you received on Thursday, June 28th, 2018, titled;
"PPS is Reprocessing TRMM PR Data as TRMM GPM, Version 06A HDF5 products in Early July 2018"
The TRMM Version 7 Precipitation Radar (PR) products will be superseded by new GPM era products with a reprocessing that will generate TRMM retrievals from the beginning of the TRMM mission to the end of data collection using a single frequency retrieval algorithm similar to that used for GPM Ku. This reprocessing will begin in early July, 2018.
The GPM Core observatory satellite's passed over Oklahoma on Monday, June 25, 2018 04:08 AM CDT (0508 UTC). The satellite makes measurements of precipitation with it's GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments every 95 minutes as it orbits the earth at 252.3 miles (407 km). The area covered by GPM's radar is shown in lighter shades.
Extremely heavy rainfall caused a flash flood emergency over southern Texas this week. More than 15 inches (381 mm) of rain fell in Hidalgo County, Texas since Tuesday June 19, 2018. The Governor of Texas declared a state of emergency for six counties in South Texas Thursday afternoon. Heavy rain had ended Friday morning but occasional showers were still occurring over southern Texas. At 4:28 AM CDT Friday June 22, 2018 the National Weather Service in Brownsville, Texas issued a "Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams in...