Digital Typhoon: July 2003 Heavy Rain in Kyushu
1. Meteorological Satellite Imagery
Between July 19, 2003 and July 20, 2003, a number of landslides and
flash floods occurred in Kyushu Island and other areas due to
torrential rain. Experts say that one of the reasons we had
so much rain is the "tapering cloud", which is a cloud with a tapering
shape like a carrot. Here we follow the evolution of cloud shapes
during that period in the animation.
The following animations are created from
satellite images (Infrared image : channel 1) overlayed
on the Blue
The scale is 1600 km in width and 1200km in
height. The center of the image is located at Minamata city, Kumamoto Prefecture, where the loss was the largest among others.
2003-07-18 16:00 JST -- 2003-07-20 15:00 JST