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Image Caption: Von Karman vortexes

Induced by the island barrier, formation of vortexes requires windspeeds between 5 and 13 m/sec and a strong, low level temperature inversion. Three, well defined cyclonic vortexes (counter-clockwise rotation in this northern hemisphere view) occupy the center; the remnant of a small anticyclonic vortex lies immediatelty to the lower left of the top cyclonic vortex. (From Pitts et al. 1977)