Gem from NYT's weather section


A gem from the NYT weather section, Friday Sept. 23rd, 2005

“Focus: Cloud Stadium
Research aircraft inside the eye of Hurricane Rita yesterday reported the sensation of being inside an immense coliseum illuminated by moonlight and bolts of lighting. The wall of clouds surrounding the eye slanted outward in successive tiers up to an altitude over 50,000 feet. The so-called stadium effect, which is pronounced in strong hurricanes, occurs because hurricane winds decrease with height. At low altitudes, cloud-filled parcels of air are driven close to the storm center by the fierce winds. As winds weaken aloft, the air stops its inward spiral father and farther from the center, forming a stadium built of clouds.”

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