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Press Release 05-174

Gulf Warm-Water Eddies Intensify Hurricane Changes

A Possible Culprit? Gulf's "Loop Current"

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New Loop Current warm-water eddies, shown in orange, recently formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

New Loop Current warm-water eddies, shown in orange, recently formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Credit: RSMAS/NOAA


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Orange shows Gulf of Mexico Loop Current location during Hurricane Rita.

Orange shows Gulf of Mexico Loop Current location; markings are where water temperature and other parameters were measured during Hurricane Rita.

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The Gulf of Mexico Loop Current fuels hurricanes like Rita, pictured here.

The Gulf of Mexico Loop Current fuels hurricanes like Rita, pictured here.

Credit: NOAA


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