“More days to come / new places to go
I’ve got to leave / it’s time for a show
Here I am / Rock you like a hurricane!” -The Scorpions
On Earth, category 5 hurricanes cause devastation wherever they make landfall, bringing sustained winds, rain, destruction and — in many cases — casualties. But despite how strong and massive these storms can be, they’re just peanuts compared to what happens on our Solar System’s gas giants.
While Saturn’s north pole and Jupiter’s great red spot are powerful, sustained storms that are far larger than anything found on our world, a world-encircling storm on Saturn that raged for over 200 days from 2010-2011 broke all the records. At its grandest, it was large enough to contain 10-to-12 Earths.