Unseasonal Heavy Rain Floods Thailand

The end of March traditionally brings with it dry weather to Thailand, but this year a powerful storm has settled over the Malay Peninsula and brought with it up to up to 1,270 millimeters (50 inches) of rain in little over a week. As a result, the rain has caused landslides and flooded 8 provinces , killed 13 and left 842,324 people affected as of April 1, according to the Thailand government.

The above image shows rainfall from March 23 to 30, and was made by the Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis based on data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. Rainfall totals range from 200 millimeters (8 inches) to more than 1,200 millimeters (47 inches) across the Malay Peninsula. The most rainfall measured by TRMM was directly south of the city of Surat Thani, shown clearly on the map in dark blue.

AccuWeather data shows that the region usually receives an average of 1–3 inches (25–76 mm) of rain in March.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory’s Image of the Day

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