As Typhoon Maemi was churning in the waters of the East China Sea, the TRMM satellite captured this image. The accompanying visualization zooms down to the storm and peels away the clouds to reveal the underlying rain structure. Yellow areas represent areas where rain is falling at a rate of 0.5 inches per hour, greens represent areas where rain is falling at a rate of 1 inch per hour while the red areas are indicative of rain rates of 2 inches per hour.
Images and animations courtesy NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has provided
some remarkable images of Super Typhoon Maemi in the western Pacific from
its organization into a minimal typhoon well east of the Philippines
to its height as a super typhoon with winds over 155 mph as it was approaching
the southern Ryuku Islands.