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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS014-E-13848 Date: Feb. 2007
Geographic Region: SOMALIA
Feature: DUNES, INDIAN OCEAN, BACAAD

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  Flooding in Somalia:
A weak El Niño weather pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean created ripples in the world’s weather patterns in late 2006. El Niño is an episodic fluctuation in the tropical Pacific climate system that, among other consequences, causes equatorial regions around the globe to experience drought or abnormally wet conditions. The Horn of Africa frequently sees heavy precipitation during El Niño periods. Following this pattern, heavy rainfall and flooding has occurred over the region since October 2006. By late November 2006, southern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia were experiencing severe flooding that displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

These two images show the same coastal region in Somalia, south of the capital of Mogadishu (not shown), providing a visual contrast between wet and normal conditions. The images were taken on February 14, 2007, during the wetter El Niño period (top), and December 2, 2005, during more normal conditions (bottom). The February 2007 image also shows the blooming of vegetation within swamps inland of coastal dune fields. Flooding of a coastal depression by overflowing rivers and swamps is also apparent. In early March 2007, the region was experiencing outbreaks of cholera and Rift Valley Fever associated with the flooding.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 216k
Mission: ISS014  
Roll - Frame: E - 13848
Geographical Name: SOMALIA  
Features: DUNES, INDIAN OCEAN, BACAAD  
Center Lat x Lon: .0N x 42.8E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 180  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 3140  
 
Date: 20070214   YYYYMMDD
Time: 124804   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 6.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 46.4E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 250   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 188   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 32   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DUNE  
Water Views: FLOODING, OCEAN  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
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