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Tropical Storm Emily (05L) Passing Over Hispaniola

18.2N 70.7W

August 4th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Emily (05L) - August 3rd, 2011

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Track of TS 05L - August 4th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 05L

The mountains of Hispaniola are taking a toll on Emily; the cyclone could degenerate into a tropical wave later today. Satellite images indicate that emily is losing organization as it interacts with the mountains of Hispaniola.

At 2:00 PM EDT (1800 UTC) the center of weakening Tropical Storm Emily was estimated near latitude 17.8 north, longitude 72.8 west. Emily is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (16 km/h). A turn to the northwest with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected during the next 12 to 24 hours.

On this track Emily, or its remnants, will move across the southwestern peninsula of Haiti later today and move over extreme eastern Cuba tonight or early Friday. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from west of Santo Domingo westward to the southern border with Haiti, for Haiti itself, for the southeastern and central Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and for the Guantanamo and Holguin provinces in eastern Cuba. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas.

However, the government of the Dominican Republic has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the south coast of the country from Santo Domingo eastward to Cabo Engano and along the north coast from Cabo Francis to the northern border with Haiti.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is anticipated and Emily could dissipate later today. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles 185 km mainly to the east of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).

Vegetation Index of Haiti, Cuba and Nearby Islands

19.8N 74.2W

July 13th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Haiti and Cuba - July 12th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of eastern Cuba (left) and Hispaniola (right), including Haiti (west) and the Dominican Republic (east). In the upper part of the image are some islands of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos (north of Haiti).

The index of photosynthetic activity is generally good (green), with areas of high activity (rusty red) along the southeastern coast of Cuba and scattered across Hispaniola.

Gonâve Island and Gulf of Gonâve, Haiti

18.8N 73W

June 30th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Haiti - June 21st, 2011

This image focuses on the Gulf of Gonâve, along the west coast of Haiti. The large island in the middle of the gulf is Gonâve Island.

To the east of the gulf lie two other important bodies of water: Étang Saumâtre (west), in Haiti, and Lake Enriquillo (east), in the Dominican Republic.


Islands in the Caribbean Sea

20.0N 73.8W

March 27th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Caribbean Sea - March 25th, 2011

Several archipelagos and island-nations are visible in this image of the Caribbean Sea. Some of the islands composing the Bahamas can be observed in the upper left quadrant, while the Turks and Caicos islands are visible to their east.

Below, the larger islands of Cuba (left), Hispaniola (right, including Haiti to the west and the Dominican Republic to the east) and Jamaica (lower left) can also be seen. Cuba and Hispaniola are separated by the Windward Passage, an 80km-wide strait.


Windward Passage Between Cuba and Hispaniola

18.8N 73W

February 26th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Cuba and Haiti - February 11th, 2011

The Windward Passage is a strait in the Caribbean Sea, between the islands of Cuba (left, fully visible in the full image) and Hispaniola (right, comprising the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the latter visible in the full image).

More specifically, the 80km wide strait lies between the easternmost region of Cuba and the northwest of Haiti. Just east of the strait lies the Gulf of Gonâve, along the west coast of Haiti. The large island in the middle of the gulf is Gonâve Island.

Other important bodies of water visible include Étang Saumâtre (also known as Lake Azuei) and Lake Enriquillo, in the Hispaniolan rift valley, east of Port-au-Prince Bay. The former (left) is located in Haiti, while the latter (right) is in the Dominican Republic.