April 26, 2008 - Vortex Street near the Revillagigedo Islands

Vortex Street near the Revillagigedo Islands

The MODIS on the Aqua satellite captured this image of a vortex street off of Socorro Island on April 22, 2008. Socorro Island is part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, which is located southwest of Baja Mexico.

The unique cloud pattern you see is called a vortex street. Turbulence, caused by the wind passing over Socorro Island, has produced pronounced eddies that swirled the clouds into this pattern.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 04/22/2008
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC