Detailed analysis of two continent-sized storms that erupted in Jupiter's atmosphere in March 2007 showed that the planet's internal heat plays a significant role in generating atmospheric disturbances. This visible-light image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was taken on May 11, 2007.
Understanding such phenomena is important for Earth's meteorology where storms are present everywhere and jet streams dominate the atmospheric circulation. Jupiter is a natural laboratory where atmospheric scientists study the nature and interplay of the intense jets and severe atmospheric phenomena.
Image Credit: NASA/ESA