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Sediments Frame English and French Coasts near Strait of Dover

March 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Strait of Dover - March 9th, 2009

Strait of Dover - March 9th, 2009

The Strait of Dover (French: Pas de Calais) is the strait at the narrowest part of the English Channel (center).

Sediments flowing from rivers hug the shores of England (above) and France (below). There is a particularly intense concentration near the mouth of the Thames River (top center).

The shortest distance across the strait is 34 kilometers, from the South Foreland, north-east of Dover in the county of Kent, England, to Cap Gris Nez, a cape near to Calais in the French département of Pas-de-Calais.

On a clear day, it is possible to see the opposite coastline and shoreline buildings with the naked eye.

Strait of Dover, United Kingdom

January 3rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Strait of Dover and Dover, United Kingdom - November 26th, 2008

Strait of Dover and Dover, United Kingdom - November 26th, 2008

Thanks to a gap in the clouds, we are able to have this clear image of the city of Dover and surrounding land, in southeastern England.

Upon careful examination of the coastline, we can just barely discern the light color of the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

The body of water is the Strait of Dover, connecting the English Channel to the North Sea, and the small tip of land visible on the right includes Calais, France.

Before the construction of the underwater “Chunnel” (Channel Tunnel), the ferry route between Dover and Calais was the quickest way to cross between the island nation and continental Europe.

Hurricane Sandy (18L) Damage Report; Remnants Still Visible Over Eastern USA – November 1st, 2012

39.2N 80.2W

November 1st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 31st, 2012

The remnants of Hurricane Sandy (18L) can be observed over the USA in this image, stretching from the south to the northeast to the midwest. Many states were impacted by the storms.

High winds and waves washed sand onto coastal roads in southeastern Florida. The storm left power outages across the region. North Carolina was spared from major damage through the late evening hours of October 28, though winds, rain, and inland snow could affect the state through October 30. Several highways were flooded, and a state of emergency was declared in 24 western counties due to snow and strong winds.

On October 29, snow was falling in parts of the state of Virginia. Virginia was awarded a federal disaster declaration. At Sandy’s peak, 200,000 customers were without power, and in Northern Virginia where most of the outages occurred 92,000 customers were still without power on 30 October; the local utility intended to restore full service by 1 November.

West Virginia was also declared a federal disaster area, due to abnormally heavy snowfall. In Kentucky, the most impacted area was the Eastern region of the state where as much as eight inches of snow fell as Sandy merged with a cold front.

In Maryland, at least 100 feet of a fishing pier at the beach resort of Ocean City was destroyed. Several bridges were closed, and I-68 in far western Maryland and northern West Virginia closed due to impassable roads from heavy snow. Multiple vehicles are stranded on the interstate and the National Guard was sent out to help. Workers in Howard County, Maryland tried to stop a sewage overflow caused by a power outage October 30. Raw sewage spilled at a rate of 2 million gallons per hour. It was unclear how much sewage had flowed into the Little Patuxent River.

In Delaware, which was also declared a federal disaster area, rainfall at Rehoboth Beach totaled 6.53 inches inches by early afternoon, with nearly 7 inches at Indian River Inlet and more than 4 inches in Dover and Bear. At 4 p.m., Delmarva Power reported on its website that more than 13,900 customers in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore had lost electric service as high winds brought down trees and power lines. Delaware Route 1 is now closed by flooding from Dewey Beach to Fenwick Island.

In New Jersey, a 50-foot piece of the Atlantic City Boardwalk washed away. Half the city of Hoboken is flooded. In the early morning of October 30, authorities in Bergen County, New Jersey, are evacuating residents after a berm overflowed and flooded several communities. Police Chief of Staff Jeanne Baratta says there are up to 5 feet of water in the streets of Moonachie and Little Ferry.

In Pennsylvania, several bridges and highways were closed, and more than 1.2 million were left without power as a result of the storm. Storm impacts in Upstate New York were much more limited than in New York City; there was some flooding and a few downed trees. Large portions of the Manhattan borough of New York City were without electricity. The East River over flowed its banks, flooding large sections of Lower Manhattan. Battery Park had a water surge of 13.88 ft. Seven subway tunnels under the East River were flooded as of October 30. Sea water flooded the Ground Zero construction site.

Over 385,000 customers in Massachusetts were without power as of the afternoon of October 29, and flooding of roadways and buildings was reported. In New Hampshire, over 200,000 customers were without power as of late Monday, October 29. In Rhode Island, over 100,000 customers lost power during the storm. In Ohio, on October 30, at least 247,000 in northeast Ohio were without power, mostly in the Cleveland area. In Michigan, more than 120,000 customers were without power at one point, but as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, only 45,000 are still without power. The National Weather Service said that waves up to 23 feet high were reported on southern Lake Huron.

English Channel and Sediments from Thames Estuary and Rhine-Meuse-Schelt Delta, Northern Europe

51.0N 1.4E

October 23rd, 2011 Category: Sediments

France - October 23rd, 2011

The English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England (above, left) from northern France (center, below), and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. It is about 560 km (350 mi) long and varies in width from 240 km (150 mi) at its widest, to only 34 km (21 mi) in the Strait of Dover.

The Channel itself doesn’t show many sediments, but a greater quantity can be observed spilling from the Thames Estuary, England, and the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt Delta, in the Netherlands and Belgium, into the North Sea. Also of note near the bottom center is the city of Paris, France, appearing as a large grey area.

East Coast of USA Hit by Another Snow Storm – February 8th, 2010

38.8N 77W

February 8th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

USA - January 2nd, 2010

USA - January 2nd, 2010

A massive snow storm fell on the East Coast Friday and Saturday, and some areas have had record snow accumulation totals over the past two days. The East Coast snow storm shut down airports, highways, and transit systems, and left tens of thousands of people without electricity.

Here, snow can be seen covering parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Offshore is another white phenomenon: the clouds are arranged in parallel lines known as cloud streets.

This snowfall broke many longstanding records. Saturday, a record snowfall total of 16 inches was reported at Washington Dulles airport, which broke an old record of 10.6, set December 12, 1964. Reagan National airport also reported a record breaking snow fall of 13.3 inches Saturday, surpassing the old record of 11.5 inches set on December 17, 1932.

The Philadelphia airport received 22.9 inches in snowfall totals since Friday, and Colora, Maryland received 17.2 inches of snow fall.

The state of New Jersey reported snow fall in the following areas: New Brunswick 11.1 inches, Pottersville 7.8 inches, Cape May 6.2 inches, and Midland Park 5.7 inches. The state of Delaware reported snow fall totals in the following areas (in inches): Blackbird 17.7, New Castle airport 17, Dover 16.2, and in Wilmington 14.

The state of Virginia received more than 20 inches of snow in certain areas of the state and a state of emergency was called on Friday. The state has reported more than 3,000 car accidents and disabled cars since Friday night. A total of five people have died due to the snow storm, three of which were in Virginia.

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