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View of Tropical Cyclone 04A at Peak Intensity

8.8N 55.0E

December 27th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression ARB 02 – December 23rd, 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, or Tropical Cyclone 04A, began as a low pressure area over the Arabian Sea on 19 December and was active until 25 December, just off the coast of the Horn of Africa. This image shows the storm while it was near its peak intensity, which included winds of 55 km/h (35 mph) (3-min) and central pressure of 1002 mbar (hPa). No deaths associated with the storm have been reported.

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 Over Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

11.8N 42.7E

July 1st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust over Red Sea – June 26th, 2012

Dust hangs over the Red Sea (above) and the Gulf of Aden (right). While the cloud of dust is thicker over the former, interesting criss-cross patterns in the dust, caused by changes in wind direction, can be seen over the latter. The two bodies of water are connected by the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, a strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, Djibouti and Eritrea, north of Somalia, in the Horn of Africa. The dust spreads over those neighboring countries as well.

Dust Blowing Around Island of Socotra

12.5N 54.0E

June 9th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Yemen, Oman and Somalia - June 9th, 2012

Dust blows off the Horn of Africa (lower left) and the Arabian Peninsula (above). The Horn of Africa is a peninsula in East Africa that juts hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. The dust appears to originate on the Arabian Peninsula, probably in the Rub’ al Khali Desert, and blow southward. This is evident from the way the veil of dust is less thick southwest of the island of Socotra – the island partially blocks the path of the airborne dust particles as they blow in that direction.

Ethiopia, Somalia and the Gulf of Aden Coastline

7.3N 44.7E

December 21st, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Somalia and Ethiopia - December 11th, 2011

The Gulf of Aden can be seen at the upper center and right, in the Arabian Sea between Yemen (top center), 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.

This image focuses on the Somali coast, the longest coastline on the African continent. In additionn to the gulf to the north, Somalia is bordered by Djibouti to the northwest, Kenya to the southwest, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Ethiopia to the west. Its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands.