This week’s image was taken this afternoon over the Northern Pacific.
The image shows open cell conviction over the Northern Pacific. I just find it fascinating how open cell versus closed cell convection occurs over the open ocean. It’s interesting to think that you can have nearly flat seas (you figure the ocean is flatter than Kansas), and yet there are pockets of convection all the time. What make this particular spot a place for clouds to form (rising air) versus a space a few miles away that has sinking air?
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Source: NOAA – Satellite Imaging Service