26 October 1998 -- GOES-8 Visible
Hurricane Mitch Over the Caribbean Sea

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This loop of GOES-8 visible imagery shows the well-defined eye of Hurricane Mitch as it moved slowly northwestward across the Caribbean Sea (off the coast of Honduras) on 26 October 1998. This is 1-km resolution imagery, magnified to an apparent 0.5 km resolution.

Note that the low-level clouds within the eye appear to be rotating anticyclonically -- this is a "strobe effect" illusion created by 30-minute sampling of features that are rotating and evolving very quickly. In a similar loop of rapid-scan visible images at 5-10 minute intervals, the low-level clouds can be seen to be wrapping cyclonically within the eye.

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