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Kármán Vortex Streets off Canary Islands – June 19th, 2010

28.0N 15.5W

June 19th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Image of the day

Canary Islands - June 6th, 2010

Canary Islands - June 6th, 2010

The clouds lined up in parallel rows of swirls southwest of the Canary Islands, belonging to Spain but located off the western coast of Africa, are an atmospheric phenomenon known as Kármán Vortex Streets.

They are named for the American engineer and researcher Theodore von Kármán. In 1911 he made an analysis of the alternating double row of vortices behind a bluff body (one having a broad, flattened front) in a fluid stream, now famous as Kármán’s Vortex Street.

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