The gulf loop current is a current of warm air that flows clockwise, extending into the Gulf of Mexico. It combines the Florida and Yucatan currents to make one current called the “loop current.”
The Gulf Loop Current is a flow of warm water that moves “northward into the Gulf of Mexico, then loops southeastward just south of the Florida Keys (where it is called the Florida Current), and then just west of the westernmost Bahamas”, as reported by Weather Underground. In total, this adds up to a width between 125 and 190 miles. It extends about 2,600 feet deep, and during the summer, the thick layer of warm water that characterizes the Gulf Loop Current can fuel huge hurricane storms. Additionally, it’s one of the fastest currents in the Atlantic Ocean, moving about 0.8 meters per second.
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