A rare cyclone off the Pacific Coast of South America

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a rarely seen cyclone off the Pacific Coast of South America.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a rarely seen cyclone off the Pacific Coast of South America.

This image was captured on May 9, 2018 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Terra satellite.

Cyclones are rare in this part of the ocean because the water in the southeastern Pacific is usually too cold, thanks to a process known as upwelling where cold deep ocean water is pushed up along the Chilean coast.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory