Gulf Stream Eddies: Recent Observations in the Western Sargasso Sea

P. L. Richardson Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston 02881

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A. E. Strong National Environmental Satellite Service, NOAA, Washington, D.C. 20031

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J. A. Knauss Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Kingston 02881

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Abstract

A cyclonic Gulf Stream eddy was observed in the western Sargasso Sea by satellite infrared measurements and later confirmed by ship measurements. Fourteen months of observations indicate that the eddy moved southwestward at an average rate of 1 mi day−1. The evidence suggests that the eddy was absorbed by the Gulf Stream off Florida.

Abstract

A cyclonic Gulf Stream eddy was observed in the western Sargasso Sea by satellite infrared measurements and later confirmed by ship measurements. Fourteen months of observations indicate that the eddy moved southwestward at an average rate of 1 mi day−1. The evidence suggests that the eddy was absorbed by the Gulf Stream off Florida.

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