Image produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).
Heavy rains fell over and around southern Japan over the past week triggering numerous mudslides that were responsible for killing 14 people with several still missing. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows rainfall totals for the period of July 14-21, 2003. The heaviest amounts are over the western part of Kyushu with rainfall totals of up to 10 inches (red areas). Upwards of 8 inches of rain (yellow areas) fell over the southern part of Honshu. The heavy rains were produced by a wet seasonal frontal system. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese space agency, NASDA.
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