Earth  ID: 3148

Heavy Rainfall Leads to Southern California Mudslides (WMS)

In January 2005, heavy rains in southern California caused flooding and mudslides. A flow of moisture known as a 'Pineapple Express' because it originates in the Pacific subtropics near Hawaii can cause severe winter storms in California when conditions are right. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) observered heavy rainfall near San Diego during a five-day period in January 2005. This visualization shows accumulation of rainfall—each frame shows the total amount of rain since the start of the measurement period.

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Jeff de La Beaujardiere (NASA): Lead Animator
Robert Adler (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Rain
GCMD >> Location >> Pacific Ocean
GCMD >> Location >> United States Of America
NASA Science >> Earth

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