The Gulf Stream

The warm Gulf Stream moves up the eastern coast of the United States and Canada, bringing warmer conditions to the continent.

The Gulf Stream flows north from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing warm, salty water all the way up the east coast to just short of Nova Scotia. This current is of particular importance in warming the Maritime Provinces, as it redistributes the heat from the Caribbean to the cold North Atlantic. The large, fast Gulf Stream current flows at a rate of 150 million cubic metres per second; thatís equivalent to 30,000 Olympic sized pools full of water being moved every second! This current is not only responsible for warming the east coast of North America, but it also cuts across the Atlantic to warm the shores of northern Europe.

The Gulf Stream shows up bright red in this satellite image