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August 15, 2017

Spiraling Cloud Patterns Over Guadalupe Island

Long, spiraling cloud patterns in the sky, “von Kármán vortices,” arise when winds are diverted around a blunt, high-profile area, often an island rising from the ocean. The alternating direction of rotation in the air forms swirls in the clouds.