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Cyclone YASI Rainfall Rates – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on February 4, 2011

TRMM Images of Cyclone YASI Rainfall Rates

YASI crossed  Australia’s coast of Queensland around midnight on February 2. Shortly before landfall, the mega cyclone was packing sustained winds of 250km/hr (155mph), with wind gusts of up to 305 km/hr (189 mph), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported.

TRMM satellite flew above YASI at 03:39 UTC (Feb. 2 at 10:39 p.m. EST/1:39 p.m. Australia local time) and captured data for this image.  “Yasi was still dropping moderate to heavy rain over Australia in an area southeast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour. Red areas are heavy rainfall at almost 2 inches per hour.”Source: NASA

A Day Earlier…

TRMM satellite took this image of YASI rainfall at 19:27 UTC on February 2, 2011 about 5 hours after Yasi had made landfall. “It shows the immense size of the storm with rainbands swirling clockwise around the center stretching from the southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria to midway down the northeast coast of Queensland.” Source: NASA. Click images to enlarge.

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Source: AUST BOM

“The first Yasi-related death was announced today after a 23-year-old man was found dead in his home last night. Police said he was killed by fumes from a generator he was running inside a closed room after the storm knocked out electricity.”Source

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