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Dust blows off coast of West Africa toward Canary Islands

A thick plume of dust blows off the coast of Western Africa, from the Bay of Arguin in Mauritania, northward parallel to Western Sahara, reaching the Canary Islands. The dust completely obscures the waters of the Bay of Arguin, usually bright green from phytoplankton

August 19, 2012

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New tropical wave from Africa on path to become tropical storm

A new tropical wave which came off Africa continues to track through the western Atlantic. It is located about 483 km (300 miles) west of Cape Verde Islands. This wave is producing quite a bit of shower and thunderstorm activity and it has a good chance to become the

August 18, 2012

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Tropical Storm Helene to make landfall in Mexico

The Government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm warning for the coast of Mexico from Barra de Nautla to La Cruz.At 21:30 UTC on August 17, the center of Tropical Storm Helene was located by an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft near latitude 20.6N and

August 18, 2012

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Typhoon Kai-Tak made landfall at Laizhou peninsula, China

Typhoon Kai-tak is the fourth storm to make landfall in eastern China in just over two weeks, following Typhoons Saola, Damrey, and Haikui.The system made landfall as a typhoon earlier this morning, August 17, along the coast of Leizhou Peninsula. Kai-Tak is now

August 17, 2012

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Tropical Storm Gordon - 7th named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Tropical Storm Gordon formed on Thursday, August 16, 2012 in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is the 7th named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Gordon is moving to the northeast at 16 mph, farther away from US and is not expected to pose any

August 17, 2012

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Atlantic hurricane season to become more active from mid-August

As far as tropical storms and hurricanes are concerned we had a quiet July in the Atlantic. However, the forecast calls for a total of 12 tropical storms, five named hurricanes and two major hurricanes.With the number of named tropical storms and hurricanes so far

August 15, 2012

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Ernesto moved to Pacific as Tropical Depression 8E, Gilma no longer a tropical cyclone

Ernesto crossed Mexican high terrain and ended up in the eastern Pacific where it has organized into a tropical depression in the eastern Pacific. A piece of Ernesto developed into Tropical Depression 8-E (TD 8E) after emerging over the warm waters of the eastern

August 12, 2012

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Low Pressure System and dust near Cape Verde Islands

Shower and thunderstorm activity is diminishing near a low pressure system located over the far eastern Atlantic just to the east of the Cape Verde Islands. Also visible near the Canary Islands in the image bellow (upper right quadrant) is dust from the Sahara Desert

August 10, 2012

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Ernesto dissipates over southern Mexico, may become Hector in Pacific

Ernesto is now tropical rainstorm system and it's slowly dissipating over southern Mexico's mountainous terrain. However, it could still come back to life in eastern Pacific and assume a new identity as Hector. The Pacific Ocean waters west of Manzanillo, Mexico,

August 10, 2012

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Great Arctic Cyclone of 2012 - Rare and unusually strong storm formed over Arctic

An unusually strong storm formed off the coast of Alaska on Aug. 5, then moved over the central Arctic. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite took the images that make up the mosaic during various passes over the North Pole

August 10, 2012

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Monsoon and tropical cyclone caused massive floods in Philippines, 80% of Manila under water

Manila is experiencing the worst flooding since Typhoon Ketsana (2009) which devastated Manila and killed over 400 people throughout the country. Over the past two weeks, a combination of the southwest monsoon and tropical cyclones passing in the vicinity of the

August 09, 2012

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Tropical Storm Kirogi to become an extra-tropical one as it heads toward the Japan and Kuril Islands

On August 9, 2012 at 15:00 UTC, Tropical Storm Kirogi had maximum sustained winds near 35 knots (40 mph/64.8 km/h). It was located about 550 nautical miles (633 miles/1,019 km) east-southeast of Misawa, Japan, near 38.5 N and 151.9 E. Kirogi was moving to the northwest

August 09, 2012

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Ernesto about to cross the coast of Mexico near Coatzalcos

Ernesto brought strong winds and heavy rains to the southern portion of the Yucatan as it moved inland during the early morning hours on Wednesday, August 8th. Later on Wednesday Ernesto was downgraded to a tropical storm. Cancun, a major tourist destination, about

August 09, 2012

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Dust blows between Africa and Arabian peninsula

Dust blows between Africa and the Middle East, over the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden. It is difficult to ascertain whether the dust originates from the Arabian Peninsula’s Rub al’Khali Desert or the Sahara Desert, or from both. However, several

August 09, 2012

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Tropical Storm Gilma is nearing hurricane strength

On August 7, Tropical Depression 7E had become more organized and has developed into Tropical Storm Gilma; moving through the eastern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Storm Gilma is being steered by a huge elongated area of high pressure that extends from the southwestern

August 08, 2012

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Tropical Storm Haikui impacting China

Typhoon Haikui is expected to make landfall overnight August 7–8, 2012. Authorities closed schools, grounded flights, and halted passenger train travel in coastal regions of China’s Zhejiang Province. Haikui approached the coast of China in the wake of Damrey

August 08, 2012

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Hurricane Ernesto to make landfall at easthern Yucatan

Hurricane Ernesto is intensifying as it moves toward the eastern Yucatan Peninsula  as Category 1 hurricane. Warm water, lower wind shear and less interaction with the continent of South America, has allowed Ernesto to become a hurricane. Ernesto is expected to

August 08, 2012