Tropical Storm Emilia off Baja California
Tropical Storm Emilia skirted the coast of Baja California as it moved northwest into the Pacific Ocean on July 26, 2006. When the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image at 1:35 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the storm had sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour (65 miles per hour) with stronger gusts. Though these winds were still about ten miles per hour under hurricane status, Emilia has the distinct spiraling clouds and round shape that mark a hurricane. In the hours after this image was taken, Emilia moved out over the Pacific Ocean and degraded into a tropical depression, said the National Hurricane Center.
Baja California is the northernmost state of Mexico. It is sometimes informally referred to as Baja California Norte to distinguish it from the Baja California peninsula, of which it forms the northern half, and Baja California Sur, which forms the southern half of the peninsula.