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Sorry, I just couldn't resist: Twelve views of Cyclone Chapala in one psychedelic animated gif

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Twelve satellite views of Cyclone Chapala show what the storm looks like in different wavelengths of light. Click on the image for an animation. (Source: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies) After posting earlier today about Cyclone Chapala, I wasn't intending to do another one — until I spotted the unusual animation above over at the blog of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. Being a child of the '60s, well, I just could resist its psychedelic draw. (Make sure to click on the image to watch it as an animation.) For details about the storm, please see my earlier post: Cyclone Chapala strengthens rapidly over record-warm water, aims for unusual landfall in war-torn Yemen Since I wrote that post, the latest forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center shows Chapala making landfall in Yemen on Monday as the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane. That would be very unusual, if not unprecedented. There does not appear to be a record of a hurricane-strength cyclone making landfall in Yemen going back at least as far as 1945, according to Weather.com. In any case, try not to get too mesmerized by the multiple animations of Chapala above. And on a more serious note, let's hope the storm does not cause too much damage when it hits the Arabian Peninsula.

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