NASA 3D flyby captures Mexico's flooding rains
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:49 -
Hurricane Ingrid had weakened to a tropical storm as it came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico into the state of Tamaulipas near La Pesca on Monday.
It continued to bring heavy rainfall to eastern Mexico as it weakened further to a remnant low.
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite (TRMM) passed over Tropical Storm Ingrid on September 16, gathering data which was used to create a 3D flyby of the storm.
"That 3-D image of Tropical Storm Ingrid's rainfall showed heaviest rainfall appeared over the Gulf of Mexico, where rain was falling at a rate of 2 inches/50 mm per hour. Moderate rainfall stretched from the Gulf northwest and inland over eastern Mexico," NASA says. "The heaviest rainfall appears in red towers over the Gulf of Mexico, while moderate rainfall stretched from there inland over eastern Mexico."
Meanwhile, on Mexico's Pacific coast, NASA's TRMM satellite captured and tallied Tropical Storm Manuel's amazing rainfall.
"Tropical Storm Manuel may have dissipated, but the storm dropped very heavy rainfall along Mexico's Pacific coast," NASA says. "The TRMM data showed that the highest rainfall totals for Tropical Storm Manuel of over 350mm (~14 inches) occurred along the Pacific coast."
These twin storms slammed both of Mexico's coasts, resulting in torrential flooding rains, mudslides and at least 34 deaths.
Thousands of people remain homeless and displaced, prompting President Enrique Pena Nieto to coordinate rescue and relief efforts in various states of the country.