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GPM/GMI First Light

Eleven days after the Feb. 27 launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, the two instruments aboard took their first joint images of an interesting precipitation event. On March 10, the Core Observatory passed over an extra-tropical cyclone about 1055 miles (1700 kilometers) due east of Japan's Honshu Island. The storm formed from the collision of a cold front wrapping around a warm front, emerging over the ocean near Okinawa on March 8. It moved northeast over the ocean south of Japan, drawing cold air west-to-east over the land, a typical winter weather pattern that also brought heavy snow over Hokkaido, the northernmost of the four main islands. After the GPM images were taken, the storm continued to move eastward, slowly intensifying before weakening in the central North Pacific.

This visualization shows data from the GPM Microwave Imager, which observes different types of precipitation with 13 channels. Scientists analyze that data and then use it to calculate the light to heavy rain rates and falling snow within the storm.

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Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Ernie Wright (USRA): Animator
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Chris Kidd (University of Maryland): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Project Support
Robert Simmon (Sigma Space Corporation): Project Support
Jesse Allen (Sigma Space Corporation): Project Support
John M. Kwiatkowski (George Mason University): Project Support
Ellen T. Gray (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Writer
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GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
3/10/2014:12:41:46 - 3/10/2014:14:13:55
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
GPM/GMI/Brightness Temperature
Observed Data - 3/10/2014:12:41:46 - 3/10/2014:14:13:55
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
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