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Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Records

NEW 72-Hour and 96-Hour Rainfall RECORDS

12 hour (1/2 day) Record
Record Value 1.144m (45.0")
Date of Event 7-8/1/1966
Length of Record 1966-1990
Instrumentation Tipping-bucket raingauge
Geospatial Location Foc-Foc, La Réunion [21°15'S, 55°40'E, elevation: 2290m]
24 hour (1 day) Record
Record Value 1.825m (71.8")
Date of Event 7-8/1/1966
Length of Record 1966-1990
Instrumentation Tipping-bucket raingauge
Geospatial Location Foc-Foc, La Réunion [21°15'S, 55°40'E, elevation: 2290m]
48 hour (2 day) Record
Record Value 2.489m (98.0")
Date of Event 26-28/2/2007
Length of Record 1968-present
Instrumentation Precis-Mecanique
Geospatial Location Cratère Commerson, La Réunion [21°12'S, 55°39'E, elevation: 2310m]
72 hour (3 day) Record
Record Value 3.930m (154.72")
Date of Event 24-27/2/2007
Length of Record 1968-present
Instrumentation Précis-Mécanique Tipping bucket Raingauge, type 3020, (20 g plastic buckets) with an aperture of 400 cm²
Geospatial Location Cratère Commerson, La Réunion [21°12'S, 55°39'E, elevation: 2310m]
96 hour (4 day) Record
Record Value 4.936m (194.33")
Date of Event 24-28/2/2007
Length of Record 1968-present
Instrumentation Précis-Mécanique Tipping bucket Raingauge, type 3020, (20 g plastic buckets) with an aperture of 400 cm²
Geospatial Location Cratère Commerson, La Réunion [21°12'S, 55°39'E, elevation: 2310m]
10 Day Record
Record Value 5.678m (223.5")
Date of Event 18-27/1/1980
Length of Record 1968-present
Instrumentation Tipping-bucket raingauge
Geospatial Location Cratère Commerson, La Réunion [21°12'S, 55°39'E, elevation: 2310m]

Reference

Holland, G.J. (1993): WMO/TC-No. 560, Report No. TCP-31, World Meteorological Organization; Geneva, Switzerland. Also by Philippe Caroff (Operation Head RSMC/TC Warning Center, La Réunion)

Discussion

La Réunion Island is located approximately 670 kilometers east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Extreme orography (mountains to 3300 meters and steep valleys) amplify orographic uplift

La Reunion Island

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Record Precipitation Locations on La Réunion

La Reunion Island

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Record Precipitation Locations on La Reunion Island