High peaking thunderheads, probably reaching 30,000 feet, can still be seen on the limbs of this decaying, northern latitude tropical storm over the Pacific. This helps to gauge the extent of the entire storm system, since the thunderheads do not look particularly imposing in this photograph. The cloud peaks can be seen topping out in light cirrus in some places. Virtually cloud-free dark blue sea is visible where cold, relatively dry air is feeding into the system. The crispness of the photograph is evidence of dry air in the storm system.
STS 41-D, August-September 1984. Picture #14-31-029.