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TRMM Looks at the Rain Fueling Hurricane Ivan on September 15, 2004

NASA's TRMM spacecraft is used by meteorologists to understand Hurricane Ivan. TRMM snapped this view of Hurricane Ivan on September 15, 2004 just before the storm strikes land. The cloud cover is taken by TRMM's Visible and Infrared Scanner (VIRS). The rain structure is taken by TRMM's Precipitation Radar (PR). It looks underneath of the storm's clouds to reveal the underlying rain structure. Blue represents areas with at least 0.25 inches of rain per hour. Green shows at least 0.5 inches of rain per hour. Yellow is at least 1.0 inches of rain and Red is at least 2.0 inches of rain per hour. High vertical bands on the outside of the storm indicated that Hurricane Ivan was very likely to spawn tornados in Florida and Georgia.

Visualization Credits

Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Jeff Halverson (JCET UMBC): Scientist
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TRMM 3D Hurricanes
Hurricane Ivan

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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version