Observations of the Florida Current with two over-the-horizon radars


  • T. M. Georges,

  • J. A. Harlan,

  • T. N. Lee,

  • R. R. Leben


We show the space and time variability of the Florida Current in the Southern Straits of Florida using imagery derived from measurements made with two high-frequency over-the-horizon (ionospheric) radars. Between March and August 1997, ten surface current maps show how the Florida Current meanders in response to mesoscale eddies propagating eastward through the Straits. Satellite altimetry aids in the interpretation of the radar imagery by showing upstream eddy development in the Gulf of Mexico.