The "eye" of the storm is the middle of a
cyclone of air. If enough hot air rises in
the Northern Hemisphere (north of the Equator), it
can push the air around it to move
counter-clockwise (when looking from above).
Moving air is called wind. This rotating body of
air can become a cyclone (like a hurricane) and
look like a giant circle with arms that spread out
away from the "eye".
In the middle of the eye, the air is not
moving around in a circle. Instead, the air
is rising (moving away from the ground toward the
sky). Because of this special type of air
movement, the eye of the storm does not have a
strong wind blowing and is more "calm" than the
rest of the storm. However, the eye of a storm
does not stay in one spot. So, if you happen to
be in the eye of a storm, don't get comfortable:
because the eye will move and you'll be back in
the stormy wind!
Tropical storms (including hurricanes and
typhoons) have a region of descending air in the
very center of them. Descending air causes
clouds to dissipate, resulting in clear sky in the
very center. A satellite viewing the storm from
space will see a region in the center where there
is no cloud, which is normally circular because
the air is spiraling into the storm, creating
a circular shape. This round, cloudless region is
called the "eye" of the storm.
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