NASA/JAXA GPM Satellite Captures Tropical Storm Zeta off the Yucatan Peninsula

  • Released Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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GPM passed over Tropical Storm Zeta Sunday October 25, 2020 at approximately 2:15pm Central Time (19:15 UTC) as it approached the Yucatan peninsula.

Tropical Storm Zeta is the 27th named storm of 2020 which ties the record for the most named storms since 2005. (See 27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta for a summary of the 2005 hurricane season). With several weeks still left in the 2020 hurricane season, 2020 might well surpass this previous record for most named storms in one season.

Shortly after this data was collected, Zeta briefly reached Hurricane status before turning back into a Tropical Storm as it swept across the Yucatan peninsula. It is currently heading north through the Gulf of Mexico and has re-intensified into a hurricane before making second landfall somewhere on the Gulf coast.


GPM data is archived at https://pps.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Color bar for frozen precipitation rates (ie, snow rates). Shades of cyan represent low amounts of frozen precipitation, whereas shades of purple represent high amounts of precipitation.

Color bar for frozen precipitation rates (ie, snow rates). Shades of cyan represent low amounts of frozen precipitation, whereas shades of purple represent high amounts of precipitation.

Color bar for liquid precipitation rates (ie, rain rates). Shades of green represent low amounts of liquid precipitation, whereas shades of red represent high amounts of precipitation.

Color bar for liquid precipitation rates (ie, rain rates). Shades of green represent low amounts of liquid precipitation, whereas shades of red represent high amounts of precipitation.



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