MODIS and AMSR-E Data to Slidell and Mobile WFOs to Monitor T.S. Lee

AMSR-E rain estimates on September 3, 2011 at 0745 UTC (click for large image).

MODIS cloud top temperature estimates on September 3, 2011 at 0745 UTC (click for a more detailed view).

As T.S. Lee strengthens just off the Gulf Coast, the NASA instruments on the Aqua satellite capture dramatic images of the storm. The color enhanced infrared image from MODIS shows the regions of the coldest cloud tops in the storm where the rainfall is likely to be most intense. The companion image from AMSR-E at the same time shows the observed instantaneous rainfall from the storm. This rainfall information is particularly valuable to local forecasters to identify regions for flood and flooding potential, especially from portions of the storm outside land-based radars.

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