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Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) North-Northwest of Puerto Rico

19.3N 65.8W

October 15th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) – October 13th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) - October 14th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 17L

As of 11 p.m. AST October 14 (0300 UTC October 15), Tropical Storm Rafael (17L) is located within 25 nautical miles of 21.6°N 64.8°W, about 225 mi (365 km) north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and about 760 mi (1220 km) south of Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds are 60 knots (70 mph, 110 km/h), with higher gusts. Minimum central pressure is 989 mbar (hPa; 29.21 InHg), and the system is moving north-northwest at 9 kt (10 mph, 17 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center of Rafael.

Tropical Storm Leslie (12L) Moving North-Northwest at 8mph

18.6N 64.4W

September 3rd, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Leslie (12L) – September 1st, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Leslie (12L) - September 3rd, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 12L

As of 11:00 AM AST (1500 UTC) on September 3rd, the center of, Tropical Storm Leslie (12L)  was located near latitude 24.4 north, longitude 63.1 west.

Leslie is moving toward the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn toward the north and a slower forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours. Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb (29.47 inches).

Hazards affecting land include surf: swells generated by Leslie could affect portions of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for another day or so. Swells could also affect Bermuda and the U.S. east coast from central Florida northward for the next several days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

San Juan on Northeastern Coast of Puerto Rico

18.4N 66.1W

February 8th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Puerto Rico - December 23rd, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the topography of the island of Puerto Rico. The maximum width of the island from north to south is 65 km (40 mi) and the maximum length of the island from east to west is 180 km (110 mi).

Visible as a white area along the north-eastern coast is San Juan, the capital and most populous municipality in Puerto Rico. It lies south of the Atlantic Ocean; north of Caguas and Trujillo Alto; east of and Guaynabo; and west of Carolina. The city occupies an area of 76.93 square miles (199.2 km2), of which, 29.11 square miles (75.4 km2) (37.83%) is water.

Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous with large coastal areas in the north and south. The main mountain range is called “La Cordillera Central” (The Central Range). The highest elevation in Puerto Rico, Cerro de Punta 1,339 meters (4,393 ft),[117] is located in this range. Another important peak is El Yunque, one of the highest in the Sierra de Luquillo at the El Yunque National Forest, with an elevation of 1,065 m (3,494 ft).

Terrain of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands

18.4N 64.6W

January 20th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Puerto Rico - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Virgin Islands, the eastern island group of the Leeward Islands. The Leeward Islands are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Politically, the eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands.

Here, Puerto Rico is partially visible at the left edge. The island southeast of Puerto Rico is Vieques, an island-municipality of Puerto Rico. The island near the bottom edge is Saint Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The remaining islands above are divided among the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada, one of the British Virgin Islands, is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Saint Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, also has a flatter terrain.

Cordillera Central: Mountains of Puerto Rico – January 17th, 2012

18.2N 66.4W

January 17th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Puerto Rico - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the island of Puerto Rico. The maximum length of the main island from east to west is 180 km (110 mi), and the maximum width from north to south is 65 km (40 mi). Puerto Rico is the smallest of the Greater Antilles.

Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous with large coastal areas in the north and south. The main mountain range is called “La Cordillera Central” (The Central Range). The highest elevation in Puerto Rico, Cerro de Punta 1,339 meters (4,393 ft),[117] is located in this range. Another important peak is El Yunque, one of the highest in the Sierra de Luquillo at the El Yunque National Forest, with an elevation of 1,065 m (3,494 ft).

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