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Hurricane Cosme (03E) Moving Nearer to Baja California

26.2N 120.7W

June 26th, 2013 Category: Tropical Cyclones VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Hurricane Cosme (03E) – June 25th, 2013

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Track of Hurricane Cosme (03E) - June 25th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 03E

As of 8 p.m. PDT June 25 (0300 UTC June 26), Hurricane Cosme (03E) is located within 15 nautical miles of 17.9°N 113.3°W, about 410 mi (660 km) south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and about 525 mi (845 km) west-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds are 75 kt (85 mph, 140 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 981 mbar (hPa; 28.97 InHg), and the system is moving west-northwest at 12 kt (14 mph, 22 km/h). Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 mi (55 km) from the center of Cosme, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 mi (280 km) from the center of Cosme.

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

27.3N 114.5W

December 6th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Mexico – December 4th, 2012

The green area surrounded by tan desert nested in a nook on the western side of the Baja Californina Peninsula is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve. More precisely, it is located in Mulegé Municipality in northern Baja California Sur, at the center of the peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California).

With a landmass of over 55,555 square-mile (143,600 square km) it is the largest wildlife refuge in all of Latin America and certainly the most diverse. The animals and plants of this territory have adapted themselves to the region’s extreme desert conditions with little rainfall, intense winds and an ecosystem which has produced thousands of endemic species of plants and animal life found nowhere else in the world.

Salton Sea and von Kármán Vortex Street by Baja California, Mexico and USA

27.6N 110.8W

November 26th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Lakes

USA and Mexico – November 25th, 2012

Visible near the top edge of this image, in the upper left quadrant, is the Salton Sea, a large lake in southern California, USA. Continuing south through the green Imperial Valley, one comes to the mouth of the Colorado River in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), by the start of the Baja California Peninsula.

West of the peninsula, in the lower left quadrant, a von Kármán Vortex Street can be seen in the clouds over the Pacific Ocean. The “street” is a repeating pattern of swirling vortices caused by the unsteady separation of flow of a fluid over bluff bodies – in this case, islands.

Fires on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

31.8N 116.6W

October 30th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers, Sediments

USA and Mexico – October 27th, 2012

Fires in Mexico in the northern part of the Baja California Peninsula, south of the city of Tijuana (visible as a greyish tan area by the coast) and just east of the city of Ensenada, release plumes of smoke that blow westward over the Pacific Ocean. Visible on the other side of the peninsula are sediments from the Colorado River entering the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez.

System Near Baja California Has 100% Chance of Becoming Tropical Depression

17.7N 115W

October 13th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of Low Pressure – October 12th, 2012

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Track of Area of Low Pressure - October 12th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Area of Low Pressure


Satellite images indicate that a tropical depression or tropical storm is forming about 550 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. Advisories will likely be initiated on this system later today, and it has a very high chance (near 100 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph.
As of 11 a.m. AST (1500 UTC) October 13, Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) is

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