NASA's TRMM satellite measured Washi's deadly rainfall

December 20, 2011
Rainfall estimates from the TRMM data are shown here for the period Dec. 13 to 20, 2011 for the southern Philippines. Storm symbols mark Washi's track. Rainfall totals are on the order of 200 to over 250 mm (~8 to 10 inches, shown in green and yellow) along Mindanao's east coast where Washi made landfall, but the highest amounts are along the northwest coast, where totals are on the order of 300 to over 400 mm (~12 to over 16 inches, shown in orange and red). Credit: Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite was providing forecasters with the rate in which rainfall was occurring in Tropical Storm Washi over the last week, and now TRMM data has been compiled to show rainfall totals over the devastated Philippines.

Washi, known locally in the Philippines as Sendong, began as a tropical depression on December 13, 2011 in the West Pacific Ocean about 2150 km (~1333 miles) due east of the southern Philippines. Washi only intensified slightly and never exceeded tropical storm intensity as it tracked due west towards the southern Philippines' island of Mindanao.

Washi made landfall on the east coast of Mindanao on the afternoon of Dec. 16 as a moderate with sustained winds reported at 55 knots (~63 mph). Despite its modest intensity, Washi had a huge impact on the island. As Washi made its way across Mindanao, it dumped heavy rains over parts of the island, which in turn triggered flash floods and mudslides. These turned out to be catastrophic as over 900 people were killed with hundreds more reported missing when entire villages where swept away.

estimates from the TRMM-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. were compiled for the period of Dec. 13 to 20, 2011 for the southern Philippines. TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and the JAXA.

Rainfall totals are on the order of 200 to over 250 mm (~8 to 10 inches) along Mindanao's east coast where Washi made landfall, but the highest amounts are along the northwest coast, where totals are on the order of 300 to over 400 mm (~12 to over 16 inches). To put the rainfall in perspective, 16 inches is the equivalent of about four months of rainfall in Washington, D.C.

In the southern Philippines places like Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City suffered the most devastating mudslides. In addition to deforestation and weak construction, poor warnings are being blamed for the deadliest cyclone disaster to hit the Philippines in three years. The residents of the southern Philippines see far fewer cyclones per year than in the north, and most of the heavy rain was reported to have fallen over the mountains before flowing down in raging rivers.

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1 / 5 (4) Dec 21, 2011
NASA's TRMM satellite measured Washi's DEADLY rainfall . . .

. . . show rainfall totals over the DEVASTATED Philippines

Tropical storms can indeed be deadly and devastating, but that was true before current world leaders claimed to have control over the forces of nature and it will be true when they are long gone.


not rated yet Dec 21, 2011
Specifically which world leaders claimed to "have control over the forces of nature" and when did they state exactly that? Because the below statements are attributed to you or at least someone using your name. And in the articles you cite no world leaders made such statements. One of the references you made in one of the pages was to a religious prayer written by people associated with a prison outreach effort, which you appear to be using as reference to a scientific opinion.

"My main concern now is that we have been deceived by government propaganda about global climate change in order to distract us from seeing that we were actually losing:

a.) Integrity of government science, and
b.) Citizens control over the government

Either way, the great reality that surrounds and sustains life is far beyond the control or influence of world leaders and government scientists.

That message is recorded in every atom, leaf and rock"
not rated yet Dec 21, 2011
Thank you in advance for either providing appropriate citation or acknowledging it was only your simple opinion.
not rated yet Dec 21, 2011
That is a phenomenal amount rain, it would likely cause serious problems if it were to fall on any heavily populated area, but clearly the phillipines were ill prepared to deal with it. Not necessarily a result of climate change but possibly a portent of things to come.

Prison outreach program???? Figures.
Can you at least post the conspiricy BS on articles related to economics and leave the natural disasters alone?

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