Satellite captures image of monstrous eye in cloud formation

Is it an eye in the center of this cloud formation over the North Pacific?  Scientists noticed it first, after seeing a satellite image.

Is it an eye in the center of this cloud formation over the North Pacific? Scientists noticed it first, after seeing a satellite image.

Facebook screenshot

A satellite scanning the North Pacific this week picked up something strange in the center of a cloud formation: an enormous eye.

It was spotted south of Alaska on February 13 and posted to Facebook by scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) in Wisconsin.

“Has anyone else seen the eye and face of a whale in the Very Great Low over the North Pacific Ocean today?” wrote CIMSS.

“Incredible detail in this water vapor enhanced image appears to reveal an eye looking sideways from the center of the storm approaching Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.”

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A satellite scanning the North Pacific found something strange in a cloud formation: En eye. Facebook screenshot

No explanation was offered, leaving it up to the viewer to debate the possibilities.

The photo – which has been shared by cryptozoology and mythology Facebook groups – shows the ‘eye’ was circled by a mile-wide swirl of clouds in the center of the storm.

“I just see an awesome cyclone,” one man commented on Facebook.

The eye was seen in a cloud formation that scientists call “the eye of the storm”. These eyes are usually the silent center of rotating storm winds.

“All tropical cyclones … have revolving bands of wind and rain. In the center, there is a calm place called the eye,” reports Science News for Students.

“Around the eye are the strongest storms in the hurricane or cyclone – the eyewall. The eyewall gets its name from the fact that clouds often build up higher around the eye. This creates a cloud wall around the eye when the storm is viewed from above.

CIMSS has satellites around the world, providing “real-time” data on the most populated areas of the world.

This story was originally published February 16, 2022 7:29 a.m.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.

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