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Tropical Storm Franklin over the Dominican Republic

Base image captured August 23, 2023, by the VIIRS instrument aboard the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, overlaid with IMERG Precipitation Rate.

True-color corrected reflectance image of Tropical Storm Franklin over the Dominican Republic on August 23, 2023, acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite. The true-color image is overlaid with the Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) Precipitation Rate layer, which displays rain rate and snow rate in millimeters per hour (mm/hr); red/orange colors indicate areas of heaviest rain. IMERG Precipitation Rate is estimated by the IMERG algorithm, which uses passive-microwave data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) constellation of satellites along with infrared data from geosynchronous satellites.

The island of Hispanola is at the center of the image, where the eastern portion of the island is the Dominican Republic and the western portion is Haiti. The IMERG Precipitation Rate layer shows heavy rainfall (red/orange colors) as the storm made landfall on the southern portion of the Dominican Republic, causing floods and landslides. Visit Worldview to see an animation of Tropical Storm Franklin approaching and making landfall on the Dominican Republic.

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