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Inside Hurricane Maria in 360°

Tour Hurricane Maria in a whole new way! Late on September 17, 2017 (10:08 p.m. EDT) Category 1 Hurricane Maria was strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean when the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission's Core Observatory flew over it. The Dual Frequency Precipitation Radar, measuring in a narrow band over the storm center, shows 3-D estimates of rain, with snow at higher altitudes. The tall "hot towers" characteristic of deepening hurricanes are actually topped by snow! Surface rainfall rates estimated by the GPM Microwave Imager paint the surface over a wider swath. During the tour, you'll see the radar-observed rain intensities displayed three different ways in various parts of the storm. Then, for the first time you'll see estimates of the precipitation particle sizes, which the GPM DPR is uniquely capable of showing, and which provide important insights into storm processes.

GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA.

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Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Kel Elkins (USRA): Visualizer
Alex Kekesi (GST): Visualizer
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
Stephen J. Munchak (University of Maryland): Scientist
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Joy Ng (USRA): Producer
Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Joycelyn Thomson Jones (NASA/GSFC): Support
Leann Johnson (GST): Support
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GOES 2017-09-18T02:08:26
IMERG 2017-09-18T02:08:26
GPM/DPR/Ku 2017-09-18T02:08:26
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation 2017-09-18T02:08:26
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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
SVS >> Hurricanes >> Natural Hazards
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