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Infrared Image of Cyclone Omais

Caption: The infrared image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument that flies on NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Omais on March 25 at 16:53 UTC (12:53 p.m. EDT) and revealed that its convection (rapidly rising air that creates the thunderstorms that power a tropical cyclone) was scattered and limited. It appears as if the convection center of circulation was blown apart -- which is exactly what the wind shear had done to those high thunderstorm tops.

Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

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