In the past couple weeks rainfall has had a significant impact on Sri Lanka, southwestern India, Bangladesh and eastern India. Monsoon rainfall caused widespread flooding, devastating mudslides and displacements of many thousands of people in Sri Lanka. Over 200 people's deaths have now been attributed to this disaster. Then cyclone Mora formed in the Bay Of Bengal on May 27, 2017. Heavy rain from Mora and it's remnants moved over southeastern Bangladesh and northeastern India. Monsoon rainfall also started to move into southern India.
In an effort to keep users informed, below is the current status of the IMERG V04 products.
Over the past week extreme rainfall has drenched northeastern Australia. This is the heaviest rainfall in that area since tropical cyclone Debbie hit Queensland Australia in late March. Much of the recent extremely heavy rainfall was due to storms associated with a trough of low pressure slowly moving over northeastern Queensland from the Coral Sea. More than 100mm (3.9 inches) of rain in 24 hours was reported near Townsville in northern Queensland. A trough of low pressure moving eastward from central Australia has also been encroaching into western Queensland.
Heavy rainfall has recently caused widespread flooding and landslides in Jamaica. Occasional showers from trade winds are normal in Jamaica but recent rainfall from slow moving troughs have been unusually heavy. A 1009 mb low pressure center located in the western Caribbean was disrupting the normal trade winds over Jamaica today.
The GPM project has reprocessed all the original NRT IMERG data both EARLY and LATE to product version V04A. In addition, this reprocessing brought the IMERG dataset back to the beginning of the GPM mission in March 2014. The original NRT IMERG started its processing in March of 2015.
Currently only the HDF5 products have been reprocessed to V04A. The TIFF/TFW versions will also be reprocessed but this will take a while longer.
The Precipitation Processing System has begun the transition to GPM Version 5 products.
Tornadoes have accompanied severe weather over the United States almost daily during the past week. Severe storms spawned tornadoes from Texas and Oklahoma eastward through Mississippi. Upper Midwest states such Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky were also visited by tornadoes. Extreme rainfall caused deadly flooding in Missouri. More than a dozen people in the Midwest and South have been reported killed by tornadoes or flooding. The same weather system is spreading severe storms through East and Northeastern states today.
During the initial setup up for V04 IMERG, an error was made in the configuration for running the EARLY version of IMERG. This affected the V04A early data from Feb 5 - March 12, 2017.
This error caused the early and the late products to be identical. Given that the LATE product is the more accurate product this might not be an issue for many users. However, users who need a consistent approach in the early data will need to download IMERG early Feb 5-March 12, 2017 again.
PPS is announcing the release of GPM IMERG V04 Final products today, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Version 04 IMERG data is available on PPS's arthurhou ftp archive for the dates of March 2014 - July 2015. Processing will continue over the next several weeks until the data has been made available up to the present.