Images about the Eye
The most recognizable feature found within a hurricane is the eye. It is found at the center and is usually between 20-50 km in diameter. The eye is the focal point of the hurricane and is the point about which the rest of the storm rotates about. The lowest surface pressures in the storm are found in the eye.
Located just outside of the eye is the eye wall. Eye walls are known as such because very often, the eye is surrounded by a vertical wall of clouds. The eye wall can be seen in the picture as the thick ring surrounding the eye.
The most damaging winds and intense rainfall can be found in this location within a hurricane and it is at this region where the hurricane is most devastating.
Elements of a storm
- EXHAUST - Hot air is drawn into the atmosphere.
- STORM CLOUDS - Spiral in upper atmosphere.
- EYE - Cool air descends into the 20-mile-wide eye, creating a small center of calm weather.
- EYE WALL - The storm's fiercest winds.
- SPIRALING WINDS - In the hurricane's lower realms, air flows in towards the center and whirls upward. These counterclockwise winds gain speed as they approach the eye, like a whirlpool. The narrower the eye, the stronger the wind.