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NASA sees 10-mile-high thunderstorms in Hurricane Henriette

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Posted August 8, 2013
TRMM is able to measure rainfall occurring in a storm from space. Rainfall is derived from TRMM's Microwave Imager and Precipitation Radar instruments. TRMM's PR instrument measured rain falling at the rate of over 55.46 mm (~2.2 inches) per hour a towering thunderstorm near Henriette's center. Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce

TRMM is able to measure rainfall occurring in a storm from space. Rainfall is derived from TRMM’s Microwave Imager and Precipitation Radar instruments. TRMM’s PR instrument measured rain falling at the rate of over 55.46 mm (~2.2 inches) per hour a towering thunderstorm near Henriette’s center. Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce

NASA’s TRMM satellite peered into the clouds of Hurricane Henriette as is continues moving through the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and found powerful thunderstorms that topped 10 miles high.

The higher the thunderstorms are, the more powerful the uplift in the air, and more powerful the thunderstorms. Thunderstorms that reach 10 miles high, like some of the ones seen in Hurricane Henriette tend to drop heavy rainfall, and NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite confirmed that.

The TRMM satellite flew over the eastern Pacific Ocean on August 6, 2013 at 0233 UTC (~5:33 p.m. Hawaii local time) collecting data for low sun angle views of Hurricane Henriette. A visible/infrared image created by TRMM data showed shadows cast by towering thunderstorms on the northeastern side of Henriette’s eye wall.

TRMM is able to measure rainfall occurring in a storm from its orbit in space. Rainfall is derived from TRMM’s Microwave Imager and Precipitation Radar instruments. TRMM’s PR instrument measured rain falling at the rate of over 55.46 mm (~2.2 inches) per hour a towering thunderstorm near Henriette’s center.

Read more at: Phys.org

 

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