Photo: Air France Crash Site in Breeding Zone for Storms?



With South America at center, a satellite image captures cloud patterns in the Western Hemisphere on the evening of May 31, 2009.

That same day Air France Flight 447 disappeared, probably off the easternmost coast of South America. The likely crash site is within the intertropical convergence zone, a belt of cloudy, rapidly changing weather that circles the globe near the Equator.

Image courtesy GOES Project Science Office


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