Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel create Floods in Mexico

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
September 19, 2013
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Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel create Floods in Mexico
Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel flood map.
Hal Pierce, SSAI/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf coasts were both inundated by deadly tropical rainfall at the same time. NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM measured rainfall rates from space, and those were tallied on a rainfall map.
Tropical storm Manuel dropped extremely heavy rainfall along Mexico’s Pacific coast. At least 55 people have been reported killed in Mexico due to flooding and landslides caused by extreme rainfall. Hurricane Ingrid weakened to a tropical storm and came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico into the state of Tamaulipas near La Pesca, Mexico on Monday September 16, 2013.

The TRMM-based, near-real time Multi- satellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. is used to monitor rainfall over the global tropics. MPA rainfall totals are shown over Mexico for the period 9-18 September 2013. The highest rainfall totals for tropical storm Manuel, of over 350mm (~14 inches), were located along the Pacific coast.

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