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GPM Sees Powerful Thunderstorms In Landfalling Hurricane Nate

 GPM Sees Powerful Thunderstorms In Landfalling Hurricane Nate

The GPM core observatory satellite passed above powerful thunderstorms within land falling hurricane Nate on October 8, 2017 at 4:41 AM EDT (0841 UTC). GPM's Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) found that a few storms over southwestern Alabama were dropping rain at the extreme rate of greater than 4 inches (102 mm) per hour.

 GPM Sees Powerful Thunderstorms In Landfalling Hurricane Nate

This 3-D slice by GPM's radar (DPR Ku Band) shows the structure of precipitation within the powerful thunderstorms near the center of hurricane Nate. A few thunderstorms over Alabama were found by GPM's radar to have tops reaching heights above 10.5 miles (17 km).

 GPM Sees Powerful Thunderstorms In Landfalling Hurricane Nate

  • Images and caption by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC)