Friday, May 21, 2010

TRMM analysis as Cyclone Laila hits Coastal Andhra on 20-May

TRMM captured data used in the image above on 20 May 2010 0714 UTC just before tropical cyclone LAILA came ashore in eastern India. LAILA was at tropical storm strength with winds estimated at about 50 knots (~57.5 mph) at that time. Very intense rainfall of over 50mm/hr (~2 inches) is shown over land northwest of the storm's center in this analysis of TRMM rainfall data. Data from TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) and TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) instruments were used in the rainfall analysis. These data were overlaid on a combined Visible and Infrared image from TRMM's Visible and Infrared Scanner (VIRS). To this date at least six people were reported killed in incidents related to LAILA and many fishing boats damaged. LAILA was forecast to weaken to tropical depression intensity by 22 May 2010 while moving to the northeast inland parallel to the eastern India coast.
The 3-D image on the right was made using data from TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR) and shows that the powerful thunderstorms northwest of tropical cyclone LAILA shot up to heights above 17.5 kilometers (~57,415 feet).

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