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May 5 - 12, 2011
Tropical Storm Aere formed in early May 2011, just east of the Philippines. Channel News Asia and Unisys Weather reported that the storm made landfall on May 8. By May 13, the Philippine government reported that the storm’s death toll in that nation stood at 31. Besides strong winds, the storm brought torrential rains that caused flash floods and landslides.
This color-coded image shows estimated rainfall amounts from May 5 to 12, 2011. The lowest rainfall amounts (less than 75 millimeters, or 3 inches) appear in pale green, and the heaviest amounts (more than 600 millimeters, or 24 inches) appear in dark blue. The heaviest rainfall forms a kind of bull’s eye over the easternmost islands, southeast of Manila. Rainfall amounts fall farther away from this area, but rain still affects a broad swath across the central Philippines.
Over the course of its existence, Tropical Storm Aere traveled in a large arc. The storm passed over the northern Philippines, and passed east of Taiwan before curving back toward the northeast. Aere dissipated south of Japan.
This image is based on data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis produced at Goddard Space Flight Center, which estimates rainfall by combining measurements from many satellites and calibrating them using rainfall measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite.
This image shows rainfall totals in the Western Pacific from September 26 to October 2, 2011, when Typhoon Nesat and Super Typhoon Nalgae caused intense flooding and other storm damage in the Philippines and southeastern Asia.
Tropical Storm Nicole maintained tropical-storm status for only a matter of hours, but the storm nevertheless poured torrential rains on the island nation of Jamaica. The heavy rain led to flash floods and landslides, which proved especially deadly in shantytowns along unstable banks.