Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Caption: TRMM precipitation radar provided this 3-D view of Tropical Depression 16 (before it became Patty) that showed that a few of the most powerful convective storms called "hot towers" in the developing tropical depression were reaching altitudes of over 16km (~9.9 miles).
Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce
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