Earth  ID: 4685

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

Lead Visualizer:
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)

Visualizers:
Kel Elkins (USRA)
Alex Kekesi (GST)
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
Devika Elakara (GSFC Interns)

Lead Scientist:
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC)

Scientists:
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC)
Stephen J. Munchak (University of Maryland)
Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC)

Technical Support:
Laurence Schuler (ADNET)
Ian Jones (ADNET)

Producers:
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA)
Joy Ng (USRA)

Support:
Joycelyn Thomson Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Leann Johnson (GST)

Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.

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Mission:
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Data Used:
GOES 2017-09-18T02:08:26
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation 2017-09-18T02:08:26
GPM/DPR/Ku 2017-09-18T02:08:26
IMERG 2017-09-18T02:08:26
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This item is part of these series:
GPM Animations
Narrated Movies

Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> GPM
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
SVS >> Hurricanes >> Natural Hazards
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Earth Science Focus Areas >> Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics

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 8.0.0.0.0