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Scientists Identify a Previously Unknown Type of Storm

by Madison Miller
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In the spirit of the Christmas season, scientists have gifted us with a previously unknown type of storm.

This new weather condition is now an “atmospheric lake.” So what is it exactly?

The New ‘Atmospheric Lake’ Discovery

Science Alert describes them as “compact, slow-moving, moisture-rich pools.” This type of weather pattern actually only exists in a very specific part of the world. It happens over the western Indian Ocean and proceeds to move toward Africa.

The way in which most storms occur is different than this atmospheric lake pattern. Instead of a vortex, these lakes are actually the result of water vapor concentrations that become dense enough to then create rain as well.

It is very slow-moving and smaller than others. Nevertheless, it’s a fascinating new find from scientists. This is especially the case as weather and climate become a continuous cause of focus and concern.

“These vapor bodies sometimes drift west over the east African coast, bringing rain to that semi-arid area. By contrast to rain-bearing ‘atmospheric rivers’ of vapor, which are contiguous from source to coastline at an instant, we call these disconnected and drifting water bodies ‘atmospheric lakes,'”reads an abstract regarding this new discovery, which was presented at the 2021 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

A full study is still coming together regarding this new discovery. Some of these atmospheric lakes can actually turn into tropical cyclones near the equator, which we are already familiar with.

Speaking of climate change, this could be a cause of concern. Due to rising temperatures, the movement of these atmospheric lakes could actually directly impact the kind of rainfall the east coast of Africa gets. This part of the country very much needs it, too.

Scientists Discover New Part of the Body

Not only do scientists constantly learn new things about the world around us, but they also learn about humans themselves.

According to Live Science, the most recent discovery is related to a part of the human jaw. Scientists discovered a specific deep layer of muscle in the masseter. This is the part of the lower jaw that is actually critical for chewing and eating.

“However, a few historical texts mention the possible existence of a third layer as well, but they are extremely inconsistent as to its position,” wrote the authors of “Annals of Anatomy” on December 2.

The team is going to name this new muscle layer “Musculus masseter pars coronidea.”

This means “coronoid part of the masseter.” As for the future, this new discovery could be really important in different jaw-related surgeries that doctors need to perform in that area of the body.