Satellite data of El Nino atmospheric water vapour

Satellite data of El Nino atmospheric water vapour

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Caption: 1997 El Nino. Coloured satellite image of the atmospheric humidity over the Pacific Ocean due to the 1997 El Nino event. The El Nino is a movement of warm water towards the American continent (at right) which can affect global weather patterns. The colours run from red (high humidity) through yellow and green to blue (low humidity). Humid air is formed over warm areas of sea because of the large amounts of water which evaporate to form clouds. Here, the water vapour is at an altitude of about 10 kilometres in the troposphere (lower atmosphere). Image produced by the American Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite on 27 October 1997.

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Keywords: atmosphere, atmospheric, atmospheric humidity, earth science, earth's, el nino, el nino event, humidity, microwave limb sounder imagery, pacific ocean, sciences, uars imagery

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