Bigger Thunderstorms are Bringing More Rain to the Tropics
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Published March 26, 2015
The increase around the wettest regions of Earth comes from a rise in large, well-organized thunderstorms.
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Typhoon Rammasun Drenches Philippines
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Published July 17, 2014
Eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan, another powerful typhoon battered the Philippines.
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Unusual Rains from Oklahoma to Tennessee
Published August 18, 2013
Heavy rain led to deadly flash floods in the Central United States in the first two weeks of August 2013.
Severe Flooding in Northern India, Nepal
Published June 22, 2013
Unusually strong and early monsoon rains have led to landslides, floods, and hundreds of deaths on the edge of Himalayas.
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Heavy Rains in Malaysia
Published January 8, 2013
This color-coded map shows rainfall amounts in Malaysia and Indonesia from December 24, 2012, to January 6, 2013.
Sediment on the Eel River
Published December 12, 2012
Heavy rains sent mud and sand rushing out into the Pacific.
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Heavy Rains in Northern Italy
Published November 22, 2012
This color-coded map shows precipitation amounts over northern Italy from November 6 to 13, 2012.
Rainfall from Typhoon Kai-tak
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Published August 20, 2012
This color-coded image shows rainfall totals and the storm track for Typhoon Kai-tak in August 2012.
Heavy Rains in South East Asia
Published August 10, 2012
Severe flooding struck the Philippines in early August 2012. This color-coded image shows rainfall amounts from July 25 to August 9, 2012.
Heavy Rains in Beijing
Published July 23, 2012
This color-coded map estimates precipitation around Beijing on July 21–22, 2012, when the heaviest rain in six decades fell on the city.
Heavy Rains in Kyushu, Japan
Published July 13, 2012
This color-coded map shows approximate rainfall amounts over Japan, where unprecedented floods struck some areas in early July 2012.
Heavy Rains from Guchol and Talim
Published June 20, 2012
Guchol and Talim brought heavy rain to the western Pacific Ocean in June 2012. This image shows rainfall totals and storm tracks.
Strong Rains in Southern China
Published May 17, 2012
This color-coded map shows rainfall amounts in and around southern China May 10–16, 2012.
Heavy Rains in the South Pacific Islands
Published April 3, 2012
This color-coded map documents heavy rainfall in the southern Pacific Ocean in late March and early April 2012. Especially heavy rain fell on Fiji.
Tropical Cyclone Giovanna
Published February 15, 2012
Giovanna brought heavy rains to the east coast of Madagascar, as shown in this color-coded map from early February 2012.
Tropical Storm Washi
Published December 20, 2011
Tropical Storm Washi flooded the Philippines with heavy rain, causing more than 950 deaths.
Tropical Storm Keila
Published November 8, 2011
This color-coded map shows rainfall amounts associated with Tropical Storm Keila. The most intense rain occurs along the coast of Oman.
Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae Soak The Philippines
Published October 4, 2011
This image shows rainfall totals in the Western Pacific from September 26 to October 2, 2011, when Typhoon Nesat and Super Typhoon Nalgae caused intense flooding and other storm damage in the Philippines and southeastern Asia.
Published September 28, 2011
A swath of heavy rain defines the track of Typhoon Nesat in this rainfall map.
Tropical Storm Talas
Published September 6, 2011
This color-coded map shows rainfall amounts associated with Tropical Storm Talas, the deadliest storm to strike Japan since 2004.
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Rainfall from Hurricane Irene
Published August 30, 2011
This color-coded map shows the storm track and rainfall totals associated with Hurricane Irene from August 22 to 28, 2011.
Record Runoff into the Missouri Basin
Published July 24, 2011
This color-coded map shows rainfall anomalies in the western United States in May 2011. Rainfall in May contributed to record runoff into the Missouri River Basin in June 2011.
Rainfall from Typhoon Ma-on
Published July 22, 2011
This color-coded image shows the storm track and rainfall amounts associated with Typhoon Ma-on in July 2011.
Flooding in India
Published July 21, 2011
This color-coded map shows precipitation amounts over India, Nepal, and the surrounding region July 10 to 16, 2011.
Heavy Rains in China
Published June 22, 2011
This color-coded image shows rainfall amounts over eastern China from June 13 to 19, 2011, when heavy rain inundated multiple provinces.
Heavy Rain in Southeast Asia
Published June 13, 2011
This color-coded image shows rainfall amounts over southern China from June 3 to 9, 2011, when heavy rain inundated multiple provinces.
Heavy Rains from Tropical Storm Aere
Published May 16, 2011
This color-coded image shows rainfall amounts over the Philippines associated with Tropical Storm Aere from May 5 to 12, 2011.
Heavy Rain in Namibia and South Africa
Published May 12, 2011
In early May 2011, more rain fell in one day in parts of Namibia and South Africa than typically falls in an entire year.
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Heavy Rain in Central United States
Published April 27, 2011
This map depicts rainfall for the Midwestern U.S. from April 19 to 25, 2011, when severe rains added to spring melt to bring dozens of rivers above flood stage.
Unseasonably Heavy Rain Floods Thailand
Published April 2, 2011
This satellite-based rain map shows more than 1,200 millimeters (47 inches) of rain falling on parts of Thailand between March 23 and March 30, 2011.