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Possible formation of new tropical cyclone near Madagascar

According to latest alert warning from Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) the formation of a significant tropical cyclone is possible within 200 nm either side of a line from 13.7 S - 53.3 E to 14.9 S - 44.0 E within the next 12 to 24 hours. Available data does not

February 26, 2012


Dust storm over the Arabian Sea

Dust plumes stretched southward over the Arabian Sea in late February 2012.  The thickest plume arises just west of the Iran-Pakistan border. Thinner plumes blow southward along the entire coast of Pakistan.Sandy deserts cover much of southern Pakistan and Iran, and

February 26, 2012

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Counter-clockwise storm in the Mediterranean seen from space

NOAA-19 AVHRR satellite sensor captured image of cyclonic, counter-clockwise spin of a low pressure system as it spun over the Mediterranean sea on February 23. This system has brought up to 10.2 centimeters (4 inches) of rain over the 24 hours to coastal areas in

February 25, 2012

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Dust storm in Utah

Dust and clouds mingled over Utah in late February 2012. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of a dust storm on February 23.The dust arises from the Great Salt Lake Desert, with

February 25, 2012

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Dust storm over Texas

In late February 2012, a dust storm in the Texas Panhandle dropped visibility to near-zero, and caused numerous accidents and two deaths, according to news station WJLA. The dust swept from eastern New Mexico through Texas, forming a giant arc north of Lubbock.

February 23, 2012


TC Giovanna and TC Hilwa ravaging in South Indian Ocean

TC Giovanna's center  is currently located off the southeast coast of Madagascar, about 490 nm southeast of Antananarivo, a capitol of Madagascar, and is moving northwestward at 9 knots over the past six hours according to Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The low

February 20, 2012


Unusual number of vortices formed around the globe

During our daily MODIS satellite imagery check up we noticed unusual number of newly formed vortices around the globe. Maybe the most significant is one called Tropical cyclone Giovanna which is located in Mozambique Channel and now is battering Madagascar's southeast

February 17, 2012


Tropical Cyclone Giovanna changed direction and is now returning back to Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Giovanna has strengthened at sea after wreaking havoc across Madagascar. It continues to spin-off the southwestern coast of Madagascar and forecast track are being remodeled right now. There is high risk for locally damaging winds and flooding rain

February 17, 2012

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Giovanna ravaged Madagascar and continues towards Mozabique

Destruction left behind Tropical cyclone Giovanna is still being assessed. Packing highest sustained winds of about 120 mph (193 kmh), the storm landed early Tuesday morning, local time, a little south of Toamasina (Tamatave). The storm also hammered the capital,

February 15, 2012


Watersprout seen over Auckland, New Zealand

A large water funnel resembling a tornado has been spotted in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf yesterday. The thin, tornado-like funnel apparently caused no significant harm as it swirled near the Auckland central business district at about 4 p.m., local time, or late Tuesday

February 15, 2012


Tropical cyclone Giovanna blasts Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Giovanna has crashed into eastern Madagascar with devastating winds and flooding rain. Giovanna made landfall near Andavoranto, south of Toamasina ripping up trees and felling electrical lines. Data supplied by the U.S. Navy and Air Force Joint

February 14, 2012


TC Giovanna makes landfall in Madagascar as Category 4 storm today

A category four tropical storm, Cyclone Giovanna, is expected to make landfall within hours close to the Madagascan east coast town of Toamasina and thereafter head for the capital Antananarivo. Devastating winds, rain and storm tide of TC Giovanna will be brought to

February 13, 2012


Tropical cyclone Jasmine heading toward Tonga

Tropical Cyclone Jasmine remained well organized as it travelled southeastward over the South Pacific Ocean after raking Vanuatu with hurricane-force winds. The distinct eye has expanded, and now measures about 60 nautical miles (69 miles) in diameter as seen at

February 13, 2012


Tropical cyclone Giovanna aims Madagascar

Madagascar is again on the path of  dangerous tropical cyclone. Tropical Cyclone Giovanna is currently  north of the islands of Mauritius and Reunion, and is tracking southwest toward the eastern Madagascar coast. According to Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC),

February 12, 2012


Dust blew off Western Africa

A dust plume blew off the coast of western Africa on February 6, 2012. It was spanning hundreds of kilometers. Distinct plumes blow off the coast of Western Sahara over the ocean, but the large veil of dust in the southwest likely arose farther inland. Sandy desert

February 08, 2012


Tropical cyclone Jasmine on course to New Caledonia

Jasmine formed as a tropical storm over the South Pacific Ocean on February 4, 2012, and strengthened to a tropical cyclone two days later. On February 7, Jasmine’s clouds stretched over the northern tip of New Caledonia. The U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning

February 07, 2012


Dust storm in Saudi Arabia

A massive dust storm hit Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, disrupting road traffic and bringing public life almost to a standstill. Many schools suspended classes and informed parents to take their kids home well before the school day had ended, while some school authorities have

February 06, 2012