WATCH: Satellite imagery shows hurricane-like whirlpools swirling in the atmosphere along the California coast

These intriguing features form regularly in the summer. They may look like mini-hurricanes — but looks are deceiving.

From an airplane, they can look like all the world like mini-hurricanes swirling the clouds above the ocean off the California coast — whirlpools with eye-like features in the center. Check it out:

But these vortices are actually eddies in the atmosphere, not hurricanes. They often form as winds interact with C

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