Storm Systems

Storm Systems

Composite IR Satellite Image Loop 00 UTC 17 Mar 2012 to 12 UTC 20 Mar 2012

Furthermore, embedded within these planetary scale circulations are smaller-scale features that we call storm systems. They transport significant amounts of heat and energy around the planet. This loop of composite infrared satellite images shows storm systems pinwheeling across the globe at high latitudes. Note how the storms draw warm, moist, tropical air toward the poles.