November 07, 2001
The above image was taken over southern Africa from the SeaWiFS satellite on November 1. It's in the middle of spring in the Southern Hemisphere now, and exceptionally fair weather over the seas south of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas (the most southerly point on Africa) should provide good sailing conditions for participants in the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. Yacht crews are currently in Capetown, South Africa and are preparing for the second leg of the race - to Australia. Although skies are clear on this image, rainy weather is expected to settle into the central interior of southern Africa through mid-November. The ocean around the coast of South Africa has a greenish tint caused by abundant phytoplankton populations.