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NASA/JAXA GPM Satellite Captures Tropical Storm Zeta off the Yucatan Peninsula

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GPM passed over Tropical Storm Zeta Sunday October 25, 2020 at approximately 2:15pm Central Time (19:15 UTC) as it approached the Yucatan peninsula.

Tropical Storm Zeta is the 27th named storm of 2020 which ties the record for the most named storms since 2005. (See 27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta for a summary of the 2005 hurricane season). With several weeks still left in the 2020 hurricane season, 2020 might well surpass this previous record for most named storms in one season.

Shortly after this data was collected, Zeta briefly reached Hurricane status before turning back into a Tropical Storm as it swept across the Yucatan peninsula. It is currently heading north through the Gulf of Mexico and has re-intensified into a hurricane before making second landfall somewhere on the Gulf coast.

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Alex Kekesi (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Lead Data Visualizer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Data Visualizer
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Kathryn Mersmann (USRA): Lead Producer
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Katie Jepson (USRA): Producer
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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Data Used:
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
10/25/2020 19:15 - 19:20Z
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
GPM/DPR/Ku also referred to as: Volumetric Precipitation data
Observed Data - JAXA - 10/25/2020 19:11 - 19:41Z
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
also referred to as: IMERG
Data Compilation - NASA/GSFC - 10/24/2020 19:11Z - 10/25/2020 19:41Z
10/24/2020 19:11Z - 10/25/2020 19:41Z
Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has 16 spectral bands, including two visible channels, four near-infrared channels and ten infrared channels. It is nearly identical to the imagers on Himawari 8 and Himawari 9.
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DLESE >> Hydrology
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Rain
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NASA Earth Science Focus Areas >> Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version