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Intense Tropical Cyclone Gamede between Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands

Intense Tropical Cyclone Gamede between Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands Image ID 324
Acquisition date 25-Feb-2007
Over head time 18:00:00
Satellite Sensor iodc
Sensor Channel(s) IR

At the time this image was acquired Intense Tropical Cyclone Gamede was at its most severe as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds (1-minute average) of 105 knots (121 mph) with gusts up to 130 knots (148.9 mph) according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Although never closer to the Mascarene Island of Reunion than 125 nautical miles, Gamede remained within a radius of 215 nautical miles of the island for approximately 4 days. This meant that spiral rain bands associated with the storm were in extended contact with Reunion producing world record breaking levels of rainfall. The first record to be broken was the 72 hour accumulative rainfall total, which was also set on Reunion, of 3240 mm (127.5 inches) during Tropical Cyclone Hyacinthe, January 1980. Gamede's heavy rainfall in the mountainous regions of the island produced the new, world record of 3929 mm (154.6 inches) at Commerson's Crater, (2286 m above sea level). Over the subsequent 4 - 9 day period the accumulative world rainfall records were also broken all at Commerson's Crater with a final 9 day total of 5512 mm (217 inches). (R.S.M.C la Reunion)

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