Saturday, September 25, 2010

Heavy Rain in Eastern Guatemala

As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew has been dropping large amounts of rain in eastern Guatemala.  Steady rain began in at around midnight, becoming constant heavy rain around 3 AM.  The images below show the storm's shape and position at 6:00 AM local time.

25Sep10 0600 Local Time, Infrared

25Sep10 0600 Local Time, GOES Water Vapor
From what I could see passing through Fronteras at 5:30 AM, there is strong runoff but no serious flooding. I've seen worse flooding at times in the past so apparently the rain has been falling steadily without "cloudbursts" that exceed the capacity of normal runoff channels. The streets are not flooded and there are no temporary rivers flowing across the highway.

The most striking thing was the darkness.  It should have been light at 5:30 AM but it was still pitch dark, streetlights on.  With the center of the storm over us and as can be seen from the IR satellite photo above, the clouds above us are dense and probably 10 or 12 miles thick.

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