Loop Current Eddies

Eddy Name Size Year Comments
Kraken Medium 04/13-Present
Jumbo Huge 06/12-02/13 Temporarily split into two separate eddies before re-joining. Became part of a large anticyclonic circulation in southwestern Gulf toward the end of its lifetime.
Icarus Large 11/11-02/13 Reconnected to the Loop Current several times and, as a result, had a more southward migration pattern than typically observed. Became part of a large anticyclonic circulation in southwestern Gulf toward the end of its lifetime.
Hadal Huge 08/11-03/12 Split in two, dissipated in the southwestern Gulf
Galileo Small 06/11-1/12 Merged with Hadal in the western Gulf
Franklin Large 05/10-10/11 Disipated in the southwestern Gulf
Ekman Huge 07/09-03/11 Disipated in the western Gulf
Darwin Large 12/08-11/09 Disipated in the southwestern Gulf
Cameron Large 07/08-05/09 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Brazos Large 03/08-09/08 Dissipated in the northwestern Gulf
Albert Large 11/07-05/08 Split in two, northern half dissipated
Zorro Large 04/07-08/07 Reattached 4 times, absorbed by the Loop
Yankee Huge 07/06-01/08 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Xtreme Large 03/06-09/06 Separated 3 weeks after Walker; briefly reattached; dissipated in the western Gulf
Walker Small 09/05-05/06 Second most westerly extension of Loop water; dissipated in the western Gulf
Vortex Huge 02/05-03/06 Separated & reattached 4 times; lingered in central Gulf for 7 months; dissipated in the western Gulf
U2 Small 01/05-09/05 Pinched off ne edge of Eddy Ulysses; later merged again with Ulysses
Ulysses Huge 05/04-09/05 Reattached once; lingered in central Gulf for several months; dissipated in the western Gulf
Titanic Large 10/03-10/04 Remained south of active lease areas; dissipated in the western Gulf
Sargassum Huge 05/03-12/03 Lingered in central Gulf for over 4 months; dissipated in the eastern Sigsbee Deep
Rebel Small 03/02-04/02 Formed in eastern Gulf from LC outflow; dissipated in the eastern Gulf
QE-2 Small 05/02-10/02 Shed from northern front of Quick Eddy; migrated briefly to the east; dissipated in the central Gulf
Quick Huge 03/02-04/03 Separated quickly after Pelagic; shed QE-2; dissipated in the western Gulf
Pelagic Huge 12/01-05/02 Most westerly extension of Loop water; absorbed Nansen & Odessa; dissipated in the western Gulf
Odessa Medium 09/01-12/01 Briefly attached to Nansen; reattached late November; reabsorbed by Pelagic/Loop
Nansen Medium 04/01-12/01 Merged with Odessa late November; reabsorbed by Pelagic/Loop
Millennium Huge 02/01-11/01 Reattached to Loop after 1 week; merged with warm eddy in the western Gulf; dissipated in western Gulf
Lazy Small 07/00-09/00 Weak eddy, dissipated in the north central Gulf
Kinetic Small 06/00-02/01 Dissipated or merged with other old eddies in the western Gulf
Juggernaut Huge 10/99-11/00 Dissipated in the southwestern Gulf
Indigo Small 08/99-12/99 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Haskell Small 07/99-08/99 Reabsorbed by Loop
Gyre Small 05/98-02/99 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Fourchon Large 02/98-08/98 Split; merged with El Dorado
El Dorado Medium 07/97-01/99 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Easy Small 01/97-03/97 Cold Core Eddy; dissipated east of DeSoto Canyon
Deviant Medium 12/96-08/97 Dissipated in the northwestern Gulf?
Creole Medium 08/96-06/97 Disappeared west of the Loop Current
Biloxi Medium 03/96-12/96 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Aggie Medium 09/95-07/96 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Zapp Large 03/95-10/95 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Yucatan Large 09/94-02/95 Merged with Whopper & Xtra in western Gulf
Xtra Medium 09/93-01/94 Merged with Whopper in the western Gulf
Whopper Large 06/93-11/93 Encountered shelf and moved north; merged with Xtra in western Gulf
Vagabond Medium 11/92-03/93 Dissipated or reabsorbed by Loop Current in north central Gulf
Unchained Large 05/92-04/93 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Triton Large 07/91-at least 04/92 Program hiatus 04/92-08/92
Steady Small 11/90-04/91 Reabsorbed by the Loop Current
Rogue Small 08/90-11/90 Spinoff from Quiet Eddy, reabsorbed briefly then dissipated in central Gulf
Quiet Big, 2 knots 07/90-12/90 Dissipated in the central Gulf?
Phantom Small 11/89-12/89 Disappeared
Oggie Very small 06/89-07/89 Absorbed by Nelson Eddy
Nelson Strong, huge 02/89-12/90 Dissipated in the western Gulf
Murphy Big at start, small 04/88-04/89 Reappeared in November 1989
Eddy "L" Small 04/88-06/88 Dissipated in northwestern Gulf; reappeared in 10/88-11/88; program ended 11/88-02/89
Kathleen Small 01/88-09/88 Dissipated in western Gulf; Gilbert passed through
Little Jupiter Small 04/87-05/87 Reabsorbed by Loop Current; formed again 07/87; program ended 08/87-04/88
Instant Strong, big 08/86-06/87 Dissipated in northwestern Gulf
Hot Core Big 11/85-? Coalesced with FAST Eddy; program ended 08/86 until 05/87
Ghostly Medium 08/85-12/85 Dissipated in western Gulf after coalescing with FAST Eddy
Fast Strong, big 04/85-05/86 Merged with Hot Core Eddy
Elusive Small 01/85-04/85 Reattached to Loop Current
Dancing Small LC filament 12/84-2 weeks Reabsorbed by Loop Current?
Closet Very small 11/84-12/84 Disappeared?
Backward Small 09/84-02/85 Cold Core Eddy; slid under Elusive Eddy
Arnold Small 09/84-12/84 Reabsorbed by Loop Current
zorro

 

vortex

 

ulysses

 

seacor

 

pelagic

 

zapp

 

yucatan

 

nelson