Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Caption: NASA's TRMM satellite captured data on Michael on Sept. 5, 2012 at 10:59 am EDT. TRMM saw Michael forming an eye, measured some areas of very heavy rain falling at a rate greater than 3 inches (75 mm) per hour and saw "hot towers" reaching heights of about 9.3 miles (15km).
Credit: Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce
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