Clouds over the Indian Ocean

Satellite image of marine stratocumulus clouds stretched across the southern Indian Ocean.

NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image on March 11, 2013 as a striking band of clouds ran roughly northwest to southeast over the open ocean.

Image credit: NASA

Image credit: NASA

G. Thomas Arnold of NASA’s Ames Earth Science Project Office said that multiple factors interact to develop marine stratocumulus cloud patterns, such as low-level winds, sea-surface temperatures, air temperatures, and rising and sinking air masses.

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Eleanor Imster