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Brilliant Colors of Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba – February 10th, 2013

21.9N 82.7W

February 10th, 2013 Category: Image of the day

Cuba – January 25th, 2013

The Gulf of Batabanó is an inlet or strait off southwestern Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, separating mainland Cuba from the Isle of Youth. It is easily recognizable here by its bright, turquoise blue color. The northeastern section of the bay, called the Ensenada de la Broa, on the other hand, appears darker green, probably due to an influx of sediments and algal growth. The gulf’s bright blue waters are in part due to their shallow depth: less than 200 feet (61 m).

Sediments in Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba

22.5N 82.4W

November 30th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Cuba - November 21st, 2011

The Gulf of Batabanó is an inlet or strait off southwestern Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, separating mainland Cuba (above) from the Isle of Youth (below). The gulf is shallow–less than 200 feet (61 m) deep–and contains about 350 smaller islands of the Canarreos Archipelago (Archipiélago de los Canarreos) besides the Isle of Youth. Here, this shallower depth combined with the presence of sediments in the waters give the gulf a lighter blue color than the nearby sea.

The gulf’s northern border begins at the southern coast of Cuba in Pinar del Río Province, Havana Province, and Matanzas Province, ending at the Zapata Peninsula (Península de Zapata), a length of about 80 miles (130 km). The northeastern section of the gulf is also called Ensenada de la Broa. The gulf stretches south about 50 miles (80 km) to the Isle of Youth.

Popcorn Clouds Over Western Cuba

21.6N 82.8W

April 30th, 2011 Category: Clouds

Cuba - April 15th, 2011

Cuba is an archipelago of islands located in the northern Caribbean Sea at the confluence with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

The main island (Cuba) makes up most of the land area 105,006 km2 (40,543.0 sq mi). Its western end can be seen crossing the middle of the thumbnail image; the rest of the island is visible in the full image.

The largest island outside the main island is the Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) in the southwest, with an area of 3,056 km2 (1,179.9 sq mi), visible in the lower part of this image. Some circular “popcorn” clouds dot the skies over both islands.

Ensenada de la Broa and Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba

February 2nd, 2011 Category: Sediments

Cuba - January 16th, 2011

The Gulf of Batabanó is an inlet or strait off southwestern Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, separating mainland Cuba (above) from the Isle of Youth below). The gulf’s shallow depth, combined with the presence of sediments and algae, give it its bright teal color.

The part of the gulf to the north that appears darker green in color is the Ensenada de la Broa, a bay in southern Cuba in the provinces of Matanzas and Havana.

Ida Upgraded to Category 2 Hurricane, Moving Into Southern Gulf of Mexico – November 9th, 2009

21.7N 87.1W

November 9th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Hurricane Ida - November 8th, 2009

Hurricane Ida - November 8th, 2009

Track of Ida - November 8th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Ida

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As of 3:00 PM CST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ida was located near latitude 22.2 north, longitude 86.3 west, or about 95 miles (155 km) west-northwest of the western tip of Cuba and about 510 miles (815 km) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Ida is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, although the system is forecast to gradually weaken on Monday. Here, the hurricane is visible near the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, with part of the shoreline of Florida visible to the north.

Ida is moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/hr). A gradual turn toward the north and an increase in forward speed are expected during the next 24 to 36 hours. On the forecast track, Ida is expected to cross the Gulf of Mexico Sunday evening and Monday and be near the northern Gulf coast on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph (160 km/hr) with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). The minimum central pressure is 976 mb (28.82 inches).

Ida is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches over portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches. Rains will be increasing well in advance of Ida across the central and eastern Gulf coast, but will become steadier and heavier by Monday into Tuesday. Total storm accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum storm totals of 8 inches will be possible through Tuesday from the central and eastern Gulf coast northward into the eastern portions of the Tennessee Valley and the southern Appalachians.

A storm surge could raise water levels by as much as 3 to 4 feet above ground level along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for the northern Gulf coast from Grand Isle, Louisiana to Mexico Beach, Florida, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Tulum to Playa del Carmen. This watch does not include the city of New Orleans. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico from Playa del Carmen to Cabo Catoche, meaning that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion in the warning area.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula Punta Allen northward to Playa del Carmen and from Cabo Catoche westward to San Felipe, as well as for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within 24 hours. Finally, a tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Isle of Youth.