Earlier this month Tropical Storm Nicole stormed over the Bahamas causing flooding and damage, but it also created an unusual sight off-shore.
As the tropical storm, which later strengthened to become a hurricane upon reaching Florida, passed over the Abaco Islands it created eddies in the Atlantic below.
Although the visual phenomenon can often be attributed to phytoplankton, the cause here is carbonate-rich silt which were swept into the water by Nicole where surface currents created the stunning visual.
Tropical Storm Nicole formed on November 7 becoming the 14th named storm and eventually the eighth hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Two days later on the 9th, Nicole made landfall in the Bahamas on Grand Bahama Island with sustained wind speeds of up to 75 mph. Hundreds of people were housed in temporary accommodation as flooding hit northern regions.
By November 10, storm warnings in the Bahamas were removed as Nicole intensified, becoming a hurricane as it hit Florida resulting in widespread disruption including the delay of NASA’s Artemis 1 mission to the Moon.