16 June 1998 -- GOES-9 Visible
Catalina Eddy Off the Southern California Coast

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This loop of GOES-9 visible imagery shows a Catalina Eddy circulation just off the southern California coast. This eddy intensified on 16 June and acted to induce a persistent onshore flow of marine air into the coastal counties. Hourly surface wind reports (red) are plotted on each image, and the ETA 1000 hPa wind streamlines (6-hour forecast) is plotted on the 17:45 UTC image (black). The ETA model did not have a good handle on the intensification of this mesoscale eddy feature.

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