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Kármán Vortex Street Southeast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico

29.0N 118.2W

August 20th, 2009 Category: Clouds

Vortices off Mexican coast - August 17th, 2009

Vortices off Mexican coast - August 17th, 2009

A Kármán vortex street stemming from the southern side of Guadalupe Island makes a repeating pattern of swirling vortices in the clouds. This phenomenon is caused by the unsteady separation of flow of a fluid over bluff bodies, in this case, the island.

Guadalupe Island is a volcanic island located in the Pacific Ocean 241 kilometers (150 statute miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and some 400 kilometers (250 statute miles) southwest of the city of Ensenada in Baja California state.

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