By: USSINS, 4:35 PM GMT on May 23, 2010

Since the 2010 season is closing in on us, I thought I'd take a closer look at the loop current and the oil spill and how the GOM is shaping up this year. The Loop Current has now officially "pinched-off" a new, gigantic warm eddy.This animated SSH gif (above) shows the significant size of the eddy that has spun off from the loop. This happened in July of 2005 when a large eddy spun off, drifting more northwards. Katrina came across the northern part of the loop and...

Updated: 3:46 PM GMT on May 28, 2010

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