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Wipha Dumps Huge Amounts of Tropical Moisture on Japan

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanOctober 17, 2013 12:39 AM


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Typhoon Wipha pulled large amounts of precipitable water up from the tropics as it charged along the coast of Japan, as revealed in this animation of satellite microwave data. (Source: CIMSS) The animation above of Typhoon Wipha charging up the coast of Japan visualizes the storm in a different way from typical weather satellite images. It shows total precipitable water — a measure of the total amount of water vapor extending from the ocean surface to the top of the atmosphere. The largest amounts of precipitable water are shown in the deepest reddish-orange tones. As the animation suggests, Wipha pulled prodigious amounts of water up from the tropics. Large amounts of it rained out over Japan. In fact, in just 24 hours an absolutely astounding 33.5 inches of rain fell on the island of Izu Oshima south of Tokyo, according to the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (source of the animation above). The result was deadly landslides that buried houses, as seen in this Twitpic: At least 50 people are unaccounted for on the island, according to the BBC. And so far, 17 deaths in Japan are attributed to the storm.

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