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Archive: Tue Dec 2023

Wet weather continues in Samoa

MIMIC Total Preciptable Water (TPW) Fields (from this site), below, for the 24 hours ending 1300 UTC on 26 December 2023, show the Samoan Islands (at 13-14oS, ~172oW) in the middle of the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) that stretches east-southeastward across the South Pacific. Pago Pago has received more than 20″... Read More

1-minute GOES-18 imagery to monitor ongoing heavy rainfall in American Samoa

As discussed in this blog post, heavy rainfall had continued across the Samoan Islands on 25 December 2023. The South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) remained in the vicinity of the Samoan Islands on that day (surface analyses) — and 1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-18 (GOES-West) “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images (above) showed additional pulses of deep convection that... Read More