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Tropical Cyclone 04A Still Moving Towards Somalia

9.5N 53.6E

December 24th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression ARB 02 – December 22nd, 2012

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Track of Tropical Depression ARB 02 - December 22nd, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TD ARB 02

As of 0600 UTC, 24 December 2012, Deep Depression ARB 02, or Tropical Cyclone 04A, was located near latitude 8.3°N and longitude 53.8°E, about 430 km southeast of Ras Binnah.

The storm is forecast to intensify further and move west-southwestwards towards the Somalia coast in the next 48 hours. Maximum sustained winds are at 55 km/h (35 mph) gusting to 75 km/h (45 mph). Central pressure is estimated at 1002 hPa.

Tropical Cyclone 04A Expected to Make Landfall Over Somalia

8.0N 55.8E

December 24th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression ARB 02 – December 22nd, 2012

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Track of Tropical Depression ARB 02 - December 22nd, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TD ARB 02

Deep Depression ARB 02 has strengthened into Tropical Cyclone 04A. The system is currently located approximately 280 nm southeast of Cape Guardafui, Somalia, after tracking westward at 17 knots over the past six hours.

Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows the system has maintained organization and deep convective bands around a well-defined low level circulation center. The cyclone continues to exhibit good outflow on the poleward side which is countering the negative effects of moderate (15-20 knot) easterly vertical wind shear (VWS), as evident on animated water vapor satellite imagery. Maximum significant wave height is 16 feet.

With little change in the upper level environment along the forecast track, TC 04A is expected to maintain its current intensity until it makes landfall along the northeast coast of Somalia after TAU 24. The system will dissipate over land by TAU 36 due to increased vws and land interaction.

Dust Plumes Off Coast of Somalia and Socotra, Yemen

12.4N 53.8E

July 25th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea – July 23rd, 2012

While a thick bloom of dust originating near the Djibouti-Somalia border can be seen blowing over the Gulf of Aden near the left edge, two other, thinner plumes can be seen trailing off the island of Socotra, beloning to Yemen, in the Indian Ocean 240 kilometres (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula.

Dust Blowing Offshore by Djibouti-Somalia Border

11.5N 42.5E

July 2nd, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Red Sea and Gulf of Aden – June 28th, 2012

The skies over the Red Sea (upper left) and the Gulf of Aden (right), as well as the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the two, are veiled by dust. However, a thicker plume is also visible blowing offshore by the border between Djibouti (left) and Somalia (right). The plume appears composed of three main parallel streaks of dust, caused by air currents. While the plume blows to the northeast, over the Gulf of Aden, it does not reach across the gulf to Yemen, on the Arabian Peninsula (upper right).

Dust Over Gulf of Aden, Between Yemen and Somalia

11.5N 44.7E

June 8th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust Over Gulf of Aden - June 7th, 2012

Dust from the Arabian Peninsula, probably originating in the Rub’ al Khali desert, blows over Yemen (above), across the Gulf of Aden and over Somalia (below). The Gulf of Aden is a gulf located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen, on the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and Somalia in the Horn of Africa. In the northwest, it connects with the Red Sea through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, which is about 20 miles wide (both the strait and part of the Red Sea are visible through the dust by the left edge).

 

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