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This NASA Visualisation Captures Storm Desmond’s Record Rainfall

NASA captured the "unusually heavy rainfall" in northwest England, Wales and Ireland by using a special satellite called Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG).

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Nasa has released a visualisation of Storm Desmond's "unusually heavy rainfall" across northwest England.

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The storm saw powerful winds of 81 mph and a record rainfall of up to 304 mm in 24 hours.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland calculated and mapped the rainfall using data from the Global Precipitation Measurement and other satellites.

They used the Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG), which works by collecting information about precipitation from a number of satellites and instruments located around the world.

These include DMSPs from the U.S. Department of Defense, GCOM-W from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and MetOps from the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.


Images from NASA's IMERG were used to estimate rainfall for the period from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, 2015 and found rainfall near the Irish Sea measured over 392 mm. Up to 304 mm of rain were reported to have fallen in only 24 hours.

Around 42,000 properties in northern England suffered power cuts on Monday afternoon, following the devastating aftermath of Storm Despond.

On Tuesday morning Electricity North West (ENW) announced that they had restored power to all but 1,514 homes and businesses in Cumbria.

The Met Office said that more extreme weather and flooding is expected on Wednesday, though it is not believed to match the levels seen over the weekend.

Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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