Clouds swirl around the Canary Islands •

Last update: October 1st, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features unique  cloud patterns, known as von Kármán vortices, off the west coast of Africa.

According to NASA, the vortices can develop almost anywhere that fluid flow is disturbed by a solid object. 

In this photo, winds blowing across the ocean are disturbed by the Canary Islands, a chain of volcanic islands. The air mass is blowing around the mountains to create unique swirling patterns.

The image was captured on July 9, 2020 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory




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