the eyewall of the storm

Hurricane Hunters: Cyberflight

As your eyes adjust to the glare of sunlight, you gaze out at one of the most awesome scenes in nature: the “stadium effect” inside the eye. A solid wall of clouds circles around the WC-130, as though you are floating in a giant football stadium made of clouds. You are inside a giant well that opens up miles above your head into a bright, blue sky. Congratulations…you’ve just joined an exclusive group: those few people who have entered the eye of a hurricane.
These photos from a NOAA flight over Hurricane Isabel’s eye are rather astounding. The Goddard Space Flight Center has some great Hurricane Isabel satellite images, NASA’s Multimedia gallery has a boggling picture of the eye taken from the International Space Station, and, in the Washington Post’s Camera Works, Preparing for Hurricane Isabel.

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