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NASA/JAXA GPM Satellite Eyes Hurricane Zeta on its way to New Orleans

Early in the morning of Oct 28, the GPM satellite flew directly over Hurricane Zeta, which was strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico as it headed for landfall in southeastern Louisiana. The data captured by the Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar show a symmetric storm, with a clear eye surrounded by tall thunderstorms, an indicator that the storm was strengthening after encountering the Yucatan Peninsula a day earlier.

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). Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans that record-breaking year and now it is poised to take another hit by Hurricane Zeta.

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Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Data Visualizer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Data Visualizer
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Stephen J. Munchak (University of Maryland): Writer
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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Data Used:
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
10/28/2020 8:20 - 8:30Z
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
GPM/DPR/Ku also referred to as: Volumetric Precipitation data
Observed Data - JAXA - 10/28/2020 8:11 - 8:41Z
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
also referred to as: IMERG
Data Compilation - NASA/GSFC - 10/27/2020 8:11Z - 10/28/2020 8:41Z
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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Hydrology
DLESE >> Natural hazards
SVS >> New Orleans
SVS >> Tropical Storm
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Rain
SVS >> Hyperwall
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