The Loop Current is a warm ocean current in the Gulf of Mexico that flows northward between Cuba and the Yucatán peninsula. It moves north into the Gulf of Mexico, loops west and south before exiting to the east through the Florida Straits.
This loop current may be detected by measuring sea surface level. The deepest areas of warm water are associated with the loop current and the rings of current that have separated from the Loop current are commonly called loop current eddies in the gulf of mexico. The warm waters and the eddies of the loop current provide more energy to hurricanes and allow them to intensify.
There are also loop currents in the Northern Atlantic area, which help regulate weather patterns. They are changing due to the melting glacial water that runs into them.
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