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India's deadly Monsoon Rainfall measured with NASA's IMERG

16 July 2018

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India's southwest monsoon normally occurs between June and September and is known for being a summertime rainy season.

This year's monsoon has been assessed as average but India's Meteorological Department statistics show that daily mean rainfall for the country has recently been above normal. At least 15 people were killed by floods and landslides in India on Wednesday, 11 July 2018. So far this year, close to 200 deaths may have resulted from India's heavy monsoon rainfall.

At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, estimates of rainfall accumulation were constructed using data from NASA's Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG). GPM is the Global Precipitation Measurement mission satellite that estimates rainfall around the world.

Source: NASA

Image credit: NASA/JAXA, Hal Pierce - The IMERG analysis showed rainfall accumulation during the week from 09 -13 July 2018 when most of India's heavy monsoon rainfall remained nearly stationary or increased in size while the area of Bangladesh's heavy rainfall shrank. Heavy rainfall along India's Arabian Sea Coast and large areas of north-central India. During this period at least 525 mm (20.7 inches) of rain was reported in Mumbai, India.

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