Tropical depression 1F has formed in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, and a NASA satellite revealed that it already has moderate rainfall as it continues to get organized. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite passed over Tropical Depression 1F on November 26 at 1202 UTC (7:02 a.m. EST) and captured rainfall rates near 1.0 inches per hour in the southern half of the storm. TRMM’s pathway over the depression only covered the southern half of it, so there was no data available for the rainfall rates in the northern half. TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, JAXA.
Fiji is an island nation in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,240 miles (2000 km) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Fiji comprises an archipelago of more than 332 islands. Of those, 110 islands are permanently inhabited. The two major islands of Fiji are called Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
The Nadi Tropical Cyclone Center is the organization that forecasts tropical cyclones in that region of the world. It was officially designated by World Meteorological Organization in 1995 as a Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) with activity specialization in tropical cyclones tasked to provide “first-level” information in tropical cyclones in the South-West Pacific Ocean.