Images of the north polar region of Saturn reveal dynamic but persistent cloud patterns in the shape of a nested set of hexagons. Investigators have noted the presence of numerous towering storms outside the region of the hexagon channel but have offered no scale appropriate theory on how these storms could self-organize and maintain a stable hexagonal structure in which storms are generally absent. Saturn is known to be electrically active as evidenced by circumpolar auroral activity. Auroras are produced by inflow of energetic particles that constitute electri-cal currents. These currents could produce forces to shape flow of naturally occurring atmospheric motion. A preliminary investigation and conjecture is offered that models dual spiraling ionic vortex flows that could influence movement of surface winds, suppressing storms in a mid-high latitude band to create the observed nested hexagonal shapes.
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