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Anticyclonic Clouds

Target Name:  Earth
Spacecraft:  Space Shuttle
Produced by:  LPI/NASA
Cross Reference:  11-37-1875

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This pinwheel of anticyclonic clouds was photographed by the STS 41-B crew over the southern hemisphere of the Pacific Ocean. The ground winds at the center of this cyclonic system reach 80 kilometers per second (50 miles an hour). Circular storms in the northern hemisphere produce spiraling clouds with a clockwise pattern, while southern latitude storms have a counterclockwise cloud motion.

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