Earth  ID: 4437

Inside Cyclone Winston (February 20, 2016)

The NASA GPM satellite passed directly over Tropical Cyclone Winston just after it made landfall on the north coast of Viti Levu Island, which is the largest and most populated island in the nation of Fiji. At the time, Winston was one of the most intense tropical cyclones observed in the South Pacific Ocean, and took an unusual track on the way to Fiji, completing a large counter-clockwise loop during the preceding week.

NASA's GPM satellite is designed to measure rainfall using both passive microwave (GMI) and radar (DPR) instruments. GMI measurements are sensitive to the column-integrated rain and ice water, and cover a wide swath, whereas the DPR can observe 3D structures of radar signals reflected by rain and snow in a narrower swath. In this animation, the GMI rainfall estimates are shown at the Earth's surface below the 3D storm structure revealed by DPR.

Alternate Version

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Visualizer
Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Stephen J. Munchak (University of Maryland): Lead Scientist
Chris Kidd (University of Maryland): Lead Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC): Lead Producer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.

Short URL to share this page:

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Data Used:
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite 2/20/2016 9:41:30 Z
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation 2/20/2016 9:25:32 - 10:58:03 Z
GPM/DPR/Ku 2/20/2016 9:41:28 - 10:11:27 Z
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of these series:
GPM Animations

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Natural hazards
SVS >> Tropical Storm
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Cyclones
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Rain
GCMD >> Location >> Fiji
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Earth

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