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Description:Sept. 18, 2008: NASA's TRMM Satellite Assesses Hurricane Ike's Rainfall

Hurricane Ike was a huge rainmaker throughout the central U.S. from the time it made landfall until it zipped into Canada. This image depicted a complete history of Hurricane Ike rainfall, from when it was named on Sept. 1, 2008, through Sept. 15, 2008.

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has been measuring rainfall from space ever since it was launched in November 1997. TRMM has been invaluable in helping forecasters peer into storms to see rainfall, and determine how much rain has fallen over areas, assisting in flood forecasting.

Only rainfall data attributed to Hurricane Ike were used in the TRMM calibrated rainfall analysis. Merged rainfall Data (3B42) from TRMM, other NASA satellites, U.S. Department of Defense satellites, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration polar-orbiting satellites, and geostationary satellites were used in the analysis.
Ike caused flooding almost every time it was near or over land. In Haiti flooding from Ike added to the misery already caused by Tropical Storm Fay, Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Hanna. Over 1000 Haitian deaths were attributed to these storms between August 15 and September 15, 2008. The analysis above shows that Hurricane Ike dropped more than 150 mm (~6 inches) over most of Cuba with some areas showing totals averaging above 250 mm (~10 inches). The Cuban government reported that hurricanes Ike and Gustav caused the worst hurricane damage in history. In Texas much of the flooding with Hurricane Ike was due to the storm pushing enormous amounts of water from the Gulf of Mexico into low-lying areas. There were also areas of southeast Texas where heavy rainfall was above 200 mm (close to 8 inches). Ike moved very quickly toward the northeast after leaving Texas but was still responsible for flooding in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

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Content Providers(s):Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Creation Date:2008
Photo Credit:SSAI/NASA; Hal Pierce, SSAI/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Links:National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA): Hurricane Season 2008: Tropical Storm Ike (Atlantic Ocean)
National Weather Service - National Hurricane Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Emergency Preparedness and Response; Natural Disasters & Severe Weather: Hurricanes: Plus Cyclones, Typhoons & Others Tropical Storms
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