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Hurricane Matthew Skull: Creepy Satellite Image Befits Deadly Storm

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Meteorologist Stu Ostro noticed the creepy skull image of Hurricane Matthew and posted it online. (Screen grab via Stu Ostro/Twitter)

By    |   Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 04:46 AM

Hurricane Matthew looked like a skull in a satellite image posted online Tuesday by a Weather Channel meteorologist, and the image has taken the internet by storm.

Meteorologist Stu Ostro posted the image on Twitter, calling it "un-doctored."

The image was taken through an infrared camera lens and tweaked using color tables to identify the strongest part of the storm, CNN reported. The hurricane's eye looks like the eye of a skull. Its teeth are cold convective clouds, Paul Meyer, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Earth Science Office told CNN.

The monster image seems fitting for the storm, which has caused at least 11 deaths in the Carribean, USA Today reported.

Seeing significance in random images or objects is a common phenomenon known as pareidolia, LiveScience noted.

"Your brain is constantly trying to make the most out of just the tiniest thing," David Huber, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, told LiveScience. "You're sort of in overdrive on imagining from limited information that there is a face."

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to the image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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