Extreme Weather News
Thursday, August 29, 2013
TRMM Sees Heavy Rain Over Taiwan
The TRMM satellite flew directly above western Taiwan on August 28, 2013 at 2108 UTC when tropical storm Kong-Rey was dropping enormous amounts of rain. Flooding from torrential rainfall with totals of over 500mm (~19.7 inches) have been reported in western Taiwan. This rainfall analysis from TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) instruments revealed that precipitation was falling at a rate of over 205mm/hr (~8 inches) in intense bands of rain over southwestern Taiwan. Tropical storm Kong-Rey's location when TRMM flew over is shown with a red symbol.
This TRMM orbit also showed that the tops of these powerful thunderstorms were often reaching heights above 16.5km (~10.3 miles). This 3-D view, from the east, shows the extremely high storms located on the western side of Taiwan.
Tropical storm Kong-Rey is now predicted to move to the north then northwest and affect all of Japan starting on August 31, 2013.
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