Super Typhoon Gay devastated several Pacific islands in the second half of November 1992, and these Cyclone Center images of its eye forming are impressive depictions of just how strong this storm got!

In fact, with regards to the left image, a Cyclone Center scientist remarked that it showed “one of the strongest typhoons ever—this image shows a tropical cyclone about as strong as it can get.

The strength comes from several factors: the frigid clouds (shown in white, the coldest color on these images), the storm’s symmetry, the tight wind, and the multiple tails showing strong outflow/inflow.

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