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The formation mechanism of the Santa Cruz Eddy (SCE) is investigated using the model MM5. Simulations of 25 August 2000 showed that two eddy instances formed on that night, a finding supported by observations. The two eddies had similar behavior: they both formed in the sheltered Santa Cruz area and then moved southeastward, to finally dissipate after 7-11 hours. However, the first eddy had greater vorticity, wind speed, horizontal and vertical extents, and lifetime than the second eddy.doi:10.1175/mwr2979.1 fatcat:efknckm6jfgdnm7twemi7jpb7y