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Tropical Storm Andrea (01L) First of 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season

25.1N 91W

June 6th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms MODISAqua

Tropical Storm Andrea (01L) – June 6th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Andrea (01L) - June 6th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 01L

In early June, the National Hurricane Center began monitoring an area of disturbed weather in the northwestward Caribbean Sea.

The system moved northward and slowly organized, despite strong wind shear. After a reconnaissance aircraft reported a closed circulation on June 5, the National Hurricane Center initiated advisories on Tropical Storm Andrea at 2200 UTC, while centered about 310 miles (500 km) southwest of Tampa, Florida.

Upon developing into a tropical cyclone on June 5, a tropical storm warning was issued from Boca Grande to the mouth of the Ochlockonee River in Florida. Additionally, a tropical storm watch was put into effect for Flagler Beach, Florida to Surf City, North Carolina. In Gulf Shores, Alabama, 10 swimmers had to be rescued due to strong rip currents on June 5.

Gulf of Venezuela, Bounded by Venezuela and Colombia – November 20th, 2012

11.5N 71W

November 20th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Venezuela and Colombia – November 19th, 2012

The Gulf of Venezuela is a gulf of the Caribbean Sea, in the north of South America. It is located between Paraguaná Peninsula (right) of the Falcón State in Venezuela and Guajira Peninsula (left) in the Guajira Department of Colombia.  A 54 km (34 mi) strait, actually an artificial navigation channel, connects it with Maracaibo Lake to the south (partially visible through the clouds). Although some greenish sediments can be seen in the gulf, it is considerably clear in comparison with past image (click here)

Tropical Storm Ernesto (05L) Over Caribbean Sea

16.6N 80.6W

August 7th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Ernesto – August 6th, 2012

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Tropical Storm Ernesto - August 6th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Ernesto

As of 8 p.m. EDT August 6 (0000 UTC August 7), Tropical Storm Ernesto is located within 30 nautical miles of 16.5°N 82.1°W, about 295 mi (475 km) east of Isla Roatan, Honduras and about 415 mi (670 km) east of Belize.

Instead of Ernesto becoming more organized, moderate wind shear and dry air made Ernesto more disorganized as it travels through the Caribbean Sea. On August 6, Ernesto slowed from over 20 mph to 10 mph. As it moved over warmer waters and lowered wind shear, Ernesto intensified to near hurricane status.

Currently, maximum sustained winds are 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 995 mbar (hPa; 29.38 InHg), and the system is moving west-northwest at 10 kt (12 mph, 19 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center of Ernesto.

Elongated Area of Low Pressure Over Northwestern Caribbean

20.0N 83.9W

May 23rd, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of Low Pressure - May 23rd, 2012

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Track of Area of Low Pressure - May 23rd, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Area of Low Pressure

An elongated area of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean
Sea is producing disorganized cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms. There is no well-defined center of circulation, and upper-level winds are forecast to remain unfavorable for development.

This system has a low chance (near zero percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. However, locally heavy rainfall and flooding are possible over the Cayman Islands and portions of Cuba, southern Florida and the Bahamas.

Northern Mountains and Margarita Island, Venezuela – February 26th, 2012

10.1N 64.2W

February 26th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Venezuela - December 23rd, 2011

In the upper part of this wide-swath ASAR image, in the Caribbean Sea off the northeastern coast of Venezuela, is Margarita Island (Isla de Margarita), the largest island of the state of Nueva Esparta in Venezuela. The state also contains two other smaller islands: Coche and Cubagua. The island is formed by two peninsulas joined by an isthmus. It covers an area of 1,020 km². It splits into two sections linked by an 18-km (11-mi) spit of sand. It is 78 km long and its widest side measures roughly 20 km.

Visible on the mainland to the south, parallel to the coast, are Venezuela’s the northern mountains. They exten in a broad east-west arc from the Colombian border along the northern Caribbean coast, the wide plains in central Venezuela, and the Guiana highlands in the southeast. The northern mountains are the extreme northeastern extensions of South America’s Andes mountain range reach.