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Sediments Off Coast of China and Haze Over North China Plain

38.8N 119.7E

November 20th, 2012 Category: Sediments

China – November 19th, 2012

Sediments can be seen along the coast of China, particularly by the mouth of the Yangtze River by Shanghai (lower right quadrant) and in the Bohai Sea (upper right quadrant), particularly in Bohai Bay (southwest) and Laizhou Bay (southeast). Meanwhile, to the southwest, a thick haze hangs over the North China Plain, almost completely obscuring the ground below.

Sediments in Bohai Sea and from Yangtze River, China – October 25th, 2012

31.2N 121.4E

October 25th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

China – October 23rd, 2012

Sediments fill the Bohai Sea (upper left quadrant) and line the coast of northeastern China from the Shandong (or Jiaodong) Peninsula (the eastern limite of the Bohai Sea) to near Shanghai and the mouth of the Yangtze River (below). Sediments can also be observed on the right side of the image, framing the west coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Sediments Pouring Forth from Yangtze River, China

31.2N 121.4E

September 17th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments

China – August 31st, 2012

Sediments pour forth from the mouth of the Yangtze River (bottom edge), the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. In recent years, the river has suffered from industrial pollution, agricultural run-off, siltation, and loss of wetland and lakes, which exacerbates seasonal flooding.

Tropical Storm Haikui (12W) Makes Landfall Over China – August 8th, 2012

29.3N 122.5E

August 8th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Haikui – August 8th, 2012

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Tropical Storm Haikui - August 8th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Haikui

Tropical Storm Haikui (12W), located approximately 95 nm south of
Shanghai, China, has tracked northwestward at 09 knots over the past six hours. Animated multispectral satellite imagery and radar imagery indicate that TS 12W made landfall around 07/20z and has continued to track slowly inland while weakening slightly.

Prior to making landfall, surface observations showed maximum sustained winds of 64 to 70 knots with minimum slp near 970 mb. The initial intensity is based on Dvorak estimates ranging from 55 to 65 knots.

TS 12W is forecast to continue tracking west-northwestward to northwestward through the period and will dissipate over land by TAU 36. After tau 48, there is a low probability of the remnants tracking back over the east china sea; however, regeneration as a tropical cyclone is unlikely due to midlatitude westerlies strengthening over the East China Sea.

Haze Over China and Sediments in East China Sea

31.2N 121.4E

April 1st, 2012 Category: Sediments

China - March 31st, 2012

Haze hangs over northeastern China (left), the Bohai Sea (upper left quadrant) and the East China Sea (lower right quadrant), spreading towards but not quite reaching the Korean Peninsula (upper right quadrant). Visible through the haze are sediments spilling forth from the mouth of the Yangtze River, the longest river in China, near Shanghai, into the East China Sea. The sediments in the Bohai Sea, to the north, come mostly from the Yellow River (Huang He), the second-longest river in the country.