Image generated by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang
Tropical Storm Larry formed in the Bay of Campeche in the southern
Gulf of Mexico on the evening of October 1, 2003. Larry
remained a tropical storm with winds reaching up to 60 mph
as estimated by the National Hurricane Center. Larry was nearly
stationary at times, and slowly drifted southward before coming
ashore near Coatzacoalcos, Mexico on the Gulf Coast side of southern
Mexico on the morning of the 5th.
The primary threat from Larry was
flooding due to the storm's slow forward speed. The TRMM-based,
near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA) at the
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows rainfall totals associated with
Larry for the period September 30 to October 7, 2003. Fortunately,
the heaviest amounts, on the order of 20 inches (darkest reds), appear
offshore. However, coastal areas received up to a foot of rain (red
areas) with 4 to 10 inches (green to yellow areas) occurring inland
between the coast and the highlands of the southern Sierra Madre.
Tropical storm symbols mark the positions of Larry every 24 hours
beginning at 7 pm CDT on October 1 as reported by the National
Hurricane Center. Larry first drifted towards the southwest then
jogged to the southeast before continuing to move southward.
TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese space agency NASDA.
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