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Drought and the Australia Wildfire Season

Surface rainfall accumulations (mm) estimated from the NASA IMERG satellite precipitation product from 1 to 30 November 2019 over Australia and the surrounding waters.

Droughts and dry, arid conditions are naturally occurring phenomena in Australia.  Such an environment is conducive to wild fires, which are started mainly by lightning and can occur throughout the year, but typically emerge between October and April and are most prevalent during the Southern Hemisphere summer; they are part of the seasonal cycle in Australia.  However, some years are worse than others, and the 2019-2020 wild fire season was especially bad.

Update of PPS FTP service removal at GPM NRT

Effective 1 June 2020, ftp will no longer be available on the NRT server

jsimpson.pps.eosdis.nasa.gov 

Effective that date the primary access method will be ftps.  A number of different ways to use ftps are available:

1. Python 3 ftplib supports ftps
2. In Linux lftp is a ftps client
3. curl works with ftps
4. wget works with ftps
5. Packages are available for Windows

PPS is Releasing New METOPC MHS GPM L1C and GPROF METOPC MHS GPM Level 2 and Level 3 Data and Climatology Products

Commencing today, Wednesday January 29, 2020, PPS is producing and releasing new satellite  METOPC MHS GPM Level 1C and GPROF METOPC MHS GPM Level 2 and Level 3 data and Climatology Products V05.  These new products will have the starting date of December 11, 2019.

GPROF METOPC MHS GPM Level 2 and Level 3 Climatology products will be produced once the ERA5 input data is received for December 2019.

See the tables below for pertinent  details.

Status of TMPA and TMPA-RT

As previously announced, with the recent release of the long-record V06B IMERG Early, Late, and Final products in late summer of 2019, processing of the TMPA-RT and TMPA products is ending, with December 2019 being the final month of data.  This means that TMPA-RT products have already ceased production and the TMPA products will end with December 2019 (expected by March 2020).  Thanks go to the PPS team, who managed to keep some really old computer hardware alive long enough to meet this goal!

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