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NASA examines Peru's torrential rainfall and devastating floods. What did they find out?

The rains and floods recorded in regions of Peru have recently been examined by NASA through its Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program.

The GPM core observatory measured the heavy rainfall that caused life losses and severe infrastructure damages in Peru.

The GPM core observatory satellite flew above Peru on March 20 at 08:26 a.m and identified several locations of storms that were dropping heavy rainfall over northwestern parts of Peru. Data collected by GPM’s Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments also revealed that very heavy precipitation was falling in that area. Rainfall rates of up to 137 mm (5.4 inches) per hour have been reported by GPM’s radar. These extreme weather conditions were also found in some storms southwest of the Peruvian coast.

The data obtained by NASA satellites were compiled and converted into an animated sequence that display rainfall figures between March 14- 21 over Peru and Ecuador. The animation shows storms developing over Peru and Brazil. The rainfall rates fluctuate between 25 mm (1 inch) and 50 mm (2 inches) per hour.

In addition, NASA released a 3-D model of precipitation. The figure displays storms along the Pacific Ocean that had cloud tops reaching altitudes above 13 kilometers.

Are you curious to find out more? Have a look at NASA’s video.

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Ana Gamero