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Hanna Expected To Become A Hurricane

The forecast chart below was derived from WeatherUnderground and represents the 2 pm EDT forecast plot.  Currently tropical storm Hanna is expected to become a hurricane if it moves, as expected, over the warm waters of the Bahamas (fed by the warmth of the Florida Current and the Antilles Current).  The current between the Florida Peninsula and the Bahama platform is ofter referred to as the Gulf Stream but most physical oceanographers consider it to be the Florida Current.  It is implied that the Gulf Stream begins where the Florida Current merges with the Antilles Current.  Here is a link to Surface Currents In the Atlantic Ocean:

http://oceancurrents.rsmas.miami.edu/atlantic/florida.html

From the menu box near the top you can individually check out the Loop (mentioned in the previous posting), the Florida Current, the Antilles Current, and the Gulf Stream.

One of the most common misconceptions in physical oceanography is that the current off the eastern coast of Florida is the Gulf Stream.  If you are interested in common misconceptions in science that I have encountered through the years, here is a link to that topic (websites by Davis):

http://librarytech.org/learningzone/science1.html

If this does not come up, click on the link at the right margin of this web-log on the Common Misconceptions In Science notation.

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