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Antarctica Storm Captured in Impressive Satellite Photo

Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 04:18 PM

By Morgan Chilson

A tremendous storm off the coast of Antarctica was captured by an impressive satellite image that shows the storm covering 3,500 square miles, according to Yahoo News.

Harsh storms aren’t anything new to Antarctica, but the impressive satellite picture posted by Simon Proud, an MIT professor, brought home the reality of what such a storm looks like from space.

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Proud wrote on Twitter after posting the first picture, “Well, has been a good day for publicising my work. Article on @mashable, 3 media articles in prep and 15k+ hits on my (empty) website.”

An exploration team in Antarctica, M/S Expedition, brings the reality of such a gigantic storm back to the ground, posting pictures of the weather swirling around the hull of its ship.

The large storm shows just how turbulent the southern ocean can be.

“Deep, intense storms are typical of the Southern Ocean, thanks to the intense temperature contrast between Antarctica and the ocean,” said senior meteorologist Jon Erdman on Weather.com. “Average wind speeds are the strongest anywhere on Earth.”

Commenters on the Yahoo News article were intrigued by the storm.

“It is good to have reminders of nature’s power. I think we too often forget about that,” wrote Timothy.

“Hats off to the sailors in the era of ‘Wooden ships and iron men.’ I can't imagine sailing in the great Southern Ocean in such wild weather and seas,” wrote Dennis.

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