Fine Structure

Storms at the Equator, or the ITCZ

Here's a fascinating account of a line of persistent storms on the equator known as the ITCZ (the Intertropical Convergence Zone) from a blog I don't normally read. It's particularly relevant because the ITCZ is responsible for the storms that Air France 447 was flying through when it abruptly dropped from the skies last week. Living (and flying) in the northern hemisphere, I've never heard about the ITCZ before but I imagine it's common to hear about in countries near the equator, just as our jet stream makes flying across the US either easier or much, much more painful. ]