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Tropical Storm Emily (05L) Passing Over Hispaniola

18.2N 70.7W

August 4th, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Emily (05L) - August 3rd, 2011

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Track of TS 05L - August 4th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 05L

The mountains of Hispaniola are taking a toll on Emily; the cyclone could degenerate into a tropical wave later today. Satellite images indicate that emily is losing organization as it interacts with the mountains of Hispaniola.

At 2:00 PM EDT (1800 UTC) the center of weakening Tropical Storm Emily was estimated near latitude 17.8 north, longitude 72.8 west. Emily is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (16 km/h). A turn to the northwest with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected during the next 12 to 24 hours.

On this track Emily, or its remnants, will move across the southwestern peninsula of Haiti later today and move over extreme eastern Cuba tonight or early Friday. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from west of Santo Domingo westward to the southern border with Haiti, for Haiti itself, for the southeastern and central Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and for the Guantanamo and Holguin provinces in eastern Cuba. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas.

However, the government of the Dominican Republic has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the south coast of the country from Santo Domingo eastward to Cabo Engano and along the north coast from Cabo Francis to the northern border with Haiti.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is anticipated and Emily could dissipate later today. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles 185 km mainly to the east of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).

Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Other Caribbean Islands

21.7N 71.5W

May 30th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Islands in the Caribbean Sea - May 18th, 2011

Visible in the upper half of this image of the Caribbean Sea are the Turks and Caicos islands (furthest east) and some of the islands of the Bahamas.

Some of the water around these islands appears bright blue because it is much shallower than the surrounding sea water – the islands rest on limestone platforms.

In the lower half of the image are the larger islands of Cuba (left) and Hispaniola (right), which contains the countries of Haiti in its western half and the Dominican Republic in its eastern half.

Powerful Hurricane Earl (07L) Continues Moving Northwestward – September 1st, 2010

20.7N 68.6W

September 1st, 2010 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Earl (07L) - August 31st, 2010

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Track of TS 07L - August 31st, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 07L

On August 30 at 11:00 AM AST, Earl (07L) intensified into a category 3 hurricane, making it the second major hurricane of the season after Hurricane Danielle (06L). Later that day, Earl intensified further into a category 4 hurricane and could further develop into a category 5 hurricane.

Earl is the first Cape Verde-type hurricane to affect the Leeward Islands since Hurricane Georges. It is currently predicted to affect the Grand Strand of South Carolina, Outer Banks of North Carolina and possibly Atlantic Canada.

As of 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Earl was located near latitude 23.0 North, longitude 69.9 West.E arl is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/hr).

This general motion is expected to continue on Wednesday with a gradual turn to the north-northwest thereafter. On the forecast track, the core of the hurricane will be passing well east and northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday night and northeast of the Bahamas Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 135 mph (215 km/hr) with higher gusts. Earl is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Little change in strength is expected through Wednesday.

Earl is a large hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles (325 km).  Estimated minimum central pressure is 940 mb (27.76 inches).

Hazards affecting land include winds, storm surges and rainfall. Tropical storm conditions are probably occurring in the vicinity of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Weather conditions will likely improve in these islands on Wednesday. Above normal tides, accompanied by large and dangerous battering waves, are possible in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas tonight. Rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches, are expected for the southeastern Bahamas and for the Turk and Caicos Islands.

Caribbean Islands Around Haiti

18.8N 73W

March 17th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

The focus of this image is the island of Hispaniola, which includes the countries of Haiti (western half) and the Dominican Republic (eastern half).

Several other Caribbean islands are also visible here, including the Turks and Caicos Islands (north of Haiti) and Great Inagua of the Bahamas (southwest of the Turks and Caicos). Upon opening the full image, Cuba can be seen to the left and the northern part Jamaica is visible along the bottom edge to the left.

Several visible islands belong to Haiti. Gonâve Island is situated in the Gulf of Gonâve by the west Haitian coast, between the Tiburón Peninsula (below) and the Nord-Ouest Department (above). Situated off the coast just north of the aforementioned department is Tortuga Island.

Vegetation Index of Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Other Caribbean Islands

18.9N 71.7W

March 3rd, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on the countries of Haiti (west) and the Dominican Republic (east), sharing the island of Hispaniola. Visible to the north are Great Inagua, the third largest island in the Bahamas (closer to the left edge), and the Turks and Caicos Islands (further northeast of the former). Upon opening the full image, Cuba (center left) and Jamaica (bottom left) are visible as well.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic show a good vegetation index (green) along the northern coastal areas and the upper shore of the Tiburón Peninsula (lower left). Cuba also shows a good index along its mountainous southeastern coast. Jamaica is the only island that shows extensive areas of high photosynthetic activity (dark red), mostly towards its northern shores.

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