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California Eddy

February 19, 2013

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(image courtesy of CIMSS blogger Scott Bachmeier)

The above image shows an eddy that developed off the southern California coast on Sunday, February 17, 2013. This image is a MODIS true color image from CIMSS at SSEC/University of Wisconsin – Madison. The eddy formed in light winds coming from the west over the San Clemente Island (left upper-center of the image above). This perfectly circular vortex (eddy) was not convective (no precipitation) and was contained in the stratocumulus cloud field. San Diego is to the right (east) of the eddy and the Salton Sea can be seen off the upper right edge of the image. A visible satellite loop showing the formation of the eddy can be found at:

 http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/130217_g15_vis_san_clemente_eddy_anim.gif

The full image can be found at:

http://eosweb.ssec.wisc.edu/browse_images/aqua/2013/048/2013-02-17_2051-2058_HSDO_010403_QKM.jpg

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