Weather Aside – Landslides and Brazilian Rainfall

A weather aside, this time with tragic implications: I’m sure many of you have been following the recent landslides in Brazil and the resulting deaths – more than 70 at last count. The underlying cause was unprecedented heavy rainfall on steep and muddy terrain in Brazil’s Rio province.

How much rain fell? Check this TRMM figure for the seven-day rain accumulation in the region during the period preceding the landslides. What you’re looking at is something like 350mm of rain in the period (which is a little more than a foot).

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