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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.0° S, 25.8° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 116 nautical miles (215km)
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Image Caption: The Kalahari Desert in southern Africa (28.0S, 26.0E) had not experienced significant rainfall for several months until the onset of the summer monsoon as illustrated by the several large thunderheads peaking above the storm clouds. The summer monsoon, with its associated thunderstorms, generally lasts from November through March and contributes almost all of the annual rainfall to this environmentally sensitive region.