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Tropical Storm Erika

Between September 1 and 4, 2009, Tropical Storm Erika formed and degraded over the warm waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.
Tropical Storm Erika
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Tropical Storm Erika

Rain patterns inside Tropical Storm Erika reveal a lack of organization within the storm because of El Nino-induced winds, which tend to tear tropical storm systems apart.

Published Sep 6, 2009

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Tropical Storm Erika
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Tropical Storm Erika

Erika looked like a weak storm when this image was captured on September 3, 2009. Instead of clouds that spiral in towards a well-defined center, spokes radiate out from the storm as high-altitude winds pull the storm apart.

Published Sep 4, 2009

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms