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Tropical storm 'waves hi' to satellite

Tropical storm 'waves hi' to satellite
NASA image from MODIS satellite.

Atmospheric Sciences Prof. Dale Durran at the University of Washington noted this interesting shot on a high-resolution satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Gelane which was toiling around off the southeast African coast this week.

If you look in the upper left corner, it appears you can see the sun shining off the waves generated by the storm. (Durran notes the storm would be positioned further northeast when those waves were generated)

Here is a zoomed in look:

Also, for those eagle-eye readers, you might notice the storm appears to be spinning "backwards" as opposed to hurricanes around North America, but that's because this storm is in the Southern Hemisphere.