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The weather of Hackney Downs park close to 9pm at night on a Wednesday was surprisingly calm. A whispy wind blew blades of grasses but didn't manage to move dry leaves on the ground. I caught the wrong satellite - I had intended to capture an image from NOAA-19, and tuned to NOAA-18 instead - and unexpectedly started recording a 30 degree eastward pass. This first felt inconvenient because a line of Victorian houses blocked my 'line of sight' to the east. But the signal came through anyway, and this accident meant that I captured a dramatic cyclone swirling over eastern Europe and Russia. Seeing the image startled me- a dramatic disconnect from my experience of mild weather in the park.


31 January 2024 20:38:08


Hackney Downs, London

Country or Territory

United Kingdom


Sasha Engelmann



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51.554936, -0.058796