GREENBELT, Md. (UPI) — NASA says one of its satellites has created images of rainfall totals generated along Hurricane Isaac’s path, some beneficial, some not.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, managed in cooperation with the Japanese Space Agency JAXA, is ideally suited to measure rainfall from space, NASA reported.
Rainfall totals for Aug. 21-27 were compiled as Isaac formed and made its way through the northern Caribbean and past south Florida and when it came ashore in southeast Louisiana and moved up into Missouri.
The highest rainfall totals over land for this period were in southeast Louisiana, southeast Mississippi, western Alabama, and southeast Florida with totals anywhere from 5 to 12.6 inches, NASA said.
Isaac was blamed for five fatalities in Louisiana and two in Mississippi, but farther north Isaac did help to bring some beneficial rains to parts of the drought-stricken Midwest, with rainfall totals of 2- to 5 inches spread across northern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, where the remnants of Isaac merged with a stationary front parked across the region, the agency reported.