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Snow and Lakes in Southwestern USA

36.1N 114.4W

January 19th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA and Mexico – January 17th, 2013

Snow covers mountain ranges in southwestern USA, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which border the San Joaquin Valley, in southern California (upper left quadrant). The snow contrasts with the more arid land between ranges and in Mexico (lower half of image). Visible in the snow-free areas are bodies of waters such as the three-pronged Lake Mead (above center), in Arizona and Nevada, Lake Powell, surrounded by snow near the top edge, in Arizona and Utah, and the Salton Sea, in California near the Mexican border and northwest of the Gulf of California.

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.

Area of Low Pressure Strengthens into Tropical Storm Paul (16E)

18.4N 113.6W

October 14th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Paul (16E) – October 12th, 2012

Track of Tropical Storm Paul (16E) - October 12th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Area of Low Pressure

As of 8 p.m. PDT (0300 UTC October 14) October 13, Tropical Storm Paul (16E) is located within 20 nautical miles of 14.2°N 114.1°W, about 660 mi (1065 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

Maximum sustained winds are 45 knots (50 mph, 85 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1001 mbar (hPa; 29.56 InHg), and the system is moving west at 11 kt (13 mph, 20 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center of Paul.

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