Cyclone Rita over S.E.Asia showing the 'eye'

Cyclone Rita over S.E.Asia showing the 'eye'

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Caption: Cyclone from space. Optical image of a tropical cyclone, a violent storm, from space. The cyclone is the swirl of clouds surrounding the dark hole (the "eye", at upper centre). Cyclones are also known as hurricanes or typhoons. The "eye" is comprised of relatively calm, cloud-free air at a very low pressure. Around this "eye" are the cyclone's strongest winds, blowing at over 119 kilometres per hour. Cyclones form in tropical regions and are caused by large-scale evaporation and convection due to warm sea temperatures. Photograph of Cyclone Rita over south-east Asia in October 1978. Image taken from a manned Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

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Keywords: climate, cyclone, extreme, eye, from space, hurricane, meteorology, novosti, rita, severe storm, soyuz imagery, storm, storms, tropical, typhoon, weather

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