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The subtropical west coast of South America is under the influence of the southeast Pacific anticyclone year-round, which induces persistent southerly winds along the coast of north-central Chile. These winds often take the form of a low-level coastal jet, in many aspects similar to the coastal jet existing off the California coast. Extensive diagnostics of mesoscale model results for a case in October 2000 are used here to describe the mean momentum budget supporting the coastal jet. The jetdoi:10.1175/mwr3074.1 fatcat:qfghvgekfzdi3f57fwwjwchfvu