NASA Measures Hurricane Earl’s Rainfall

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Updated: August 9, 2016

It has been six days since the passage of Hurricane Earl in Belize which started as a tropical wave on the African Coast and made its way to the Caribbean Sea.  During its passage to Belize, the Dominican Republic was affected with heavy rains where six deaths have been attributed to it.  After passing through Belize on August 4, it weakened to a tropical depression over the Yucatan but it upgraded to a tropical storm when it went over the Bay of Campeche and on August 6, it hit Mexico again just south of Veracruz.  According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), they have an integrated multi-satellite retrieval system that was used to estimate the amount of rain that fell from the period August 2 through to the eighth.  According to the SCIENCE CODEX website, “The analysis, created at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, showed rainfall over the period from when Earl became a tropical storm until Earl’s remnants interacted with an area of disturbed weather along the Pacific coast. Some areas in extreme southern Mexico received up to 43.3 inches of rain.  The system analysis showed the extreme amount of rain that was dropped by Earl over Belize, Guatemala, eastern Mexico and Mexico’s Pacific coast.  According to the official Twitter account of Luis Puente, Mexico’s national civil protection coordinator, at least 40 people were reported killed by landslides in the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz.  The remnants of Earl interacted with an area of disturbed weather along the Pacific coast of Mexico and aided in the formation of a tropical depression that became Tropical Storm Javier on Aug. 7.”