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Panama City and Mountains from Panama to Colombia – March 27th, 2012

8.9N 79.5W

March 27th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Panama and Colombia - January 4th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses on Panama, located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica. Visible near the left edge as a bright white area is Panama City, located strategically at the entrance to the Panama Canal.

The dominant feature of the country’s landform is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The spine that forms the divide is the highly eroded arch of an uplift from the sea bottom, in which peaks were formed by volcanic intrusions.


Panama City and Gatun Lake Along Panama Canal – January 21st, 2012

9.2N 79.8W

January 21st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Panama - December 24th, 2011

The large lake in this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image of Panama is Gatun Lake (Spanish: Lago Gatún), a large artificial lake that forms a major part of the Panama Canal, carrying ships for 33 km (21 mi) of their transit across the Isthmus of Panama.

The lake was created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. At the time it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world, and the dam was the largest dam on earth.

Visible to the south is Panama City, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama. It has a population of 880,691, with a total metro population of 1,272,672, and it is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of the same name. Panama City has a dense skyline of mostly highrise buildings, and it is surrounded by a large belt of tropical rainforest.

Tropical Storm Claudette Makes Landfall on Santa Rosa Island

30.3N 86.2W

August 17th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Claudette - August 14th, 2009

Tropical Storm Claudette - August 14th, 2009

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Track of Claudette - August 17th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Claudette

As of 2 a.m. EDT (0600 UTC) August 17, Tropical Storm Claudette is located within 15 nautical miles of 30.5°N 86.6°W, near Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Maximum sustained winds are 45 knots (50 mph, 85 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1008 mbar (hPa; 29.77 InHg), and the system is moving northwest at 12 kt (14 mph, 22 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center of Claudette.

Tropical Storm Claudette is the third named storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season and the first tropical cyclone of 2009 to affect the United States.

Forming out of a tropical wave and an upper-level low pressure system on August 16, Claudette quickly intensified into a tropical storm offshore below Tallahassee, Florida.

By the afternoon, the storm had attained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h) and steadily tracked towards the Florida Panhandle. Early on August 17, the center of Claudette made landfall on Santa Rosa Island. In the main image, part of the storm and its rainbands can be seen affecting northern Florida.

The National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for the coastline and residents in some counties were advised to evacuate storm-surge-prone areas. One fatality resulted from rough seas off the coast of Panama City, Florida.