Cloud swirl from tropical storm Javier, STS-46

Cloud swirl from tropical storm Javier, STS-46

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Caption: Swirl of cloud around a Tropical Storm seen from space. This swirl of cloud surrounded Tropical Storm Javier in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The low-level clouds are rotating anticlockwise about the centre of the storm (cyclonic flow). The flat area of cloud to the right of the centre is high- level cirrus which has come from an isolated thunderstorm. The high-level winds are anti- cyclonic, flowing clockwise. Wind speeds in Javier were not recorded any higher than 100 kilometres per hour, hence its classification as a Tropical Storm. This photo was taken by the crew of Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-46 of 31 July to 8 August 1992.

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