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The regional distribution of the vorticity of the wind stress for different months has been computed for the Atlantic Ocean. The variations in the intensity of the Subtropical Gyre and in the locations of the zero-lines between negative and positive vorticity areas have been compared with the annual cycle of the charted surface current in the Straits of Florida. It appears probable that the annual variation in the intensity of the negative vorticity of the Subtropical Gyre, together with the S-N movement of the positive vorticity area, south of the former, are responsible for the annual variation in the strength of the current.

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Publication date: 1952-01-01

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