The Canary Islands 2002

The Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean often create interesting cloud patterns such as wake effects or von Karman vortices as they disturb air flow over the comparatively smooth ocean surface. These images were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra and Aqua satellites during 2002. In a few of the images, dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa shrouds the scene.
Source: NASA

Canary Islands on August 20, 2002

The Canary Islands are right in the line of the sun glint off the Atlantic Ocean in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Terra satellite on August 20, 2002. The water around the islands must be very calm, because only when the water is calm is it possible to see the scan lines caused by minute differences in the two sides of MODIS’ scan mirror. Notice the "wake effect" the islands have on the atmosphere, with the air swirling in eddies behind them.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The Canary Islands 2002

The Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean often create interesting cloud patterns such as wake effects or von Karman vortices as they disturb air flow over the comparatively smooth ocean surface. These images were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra and Aqua satellites during 2002. In a few of the images, dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa shrouds the scene.

Canary Islands on August 20, 2002

The Canary Islands are right in the line of the sun glint off the Atlantic Ocean in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Terra satellite on August 20, 2002. The water around the islands must be very calm, because only when the water is calm is it possible to see the scan lines caused by minute differences in the two sides of MODIS’ scan mirror. Notice the "wake effect" the islands have on the atmosphere, with the air swirling in eddies behind them.