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Anatomy of a Hurricane
spiral rainbands, the eye wall and the eye

[Image: (50K)] The Eye:
A region 20-50 km in diameter found at the center where skies are often clear, winds are light, and the storm's lowest pressure readings are obtained.

Eye Wall:
A ring of cumulonimbus clouds that swirl around the eye. The heaviest precipitation and strongest winds are found here.

Spiral Rainbands:
Bands of heavy convective showers that spiral inward toward the storm's center.


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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.