I read today that the current you were talking
about, the Gulf Stream, transports more
water than all the rivers in the world combined.
It splits from the East coast around Cape Hateras
and then moves eastward like you said.
Right now there are several competing
hypotheses about whether the current causes Europe
to warm or not. According to one that has been
popular for a long time, the Gulf Stream brings
warm water to Western Europe and heats up the
coast there. This might happen because the
water causes changes in which direction air flows
from. According to the other hypothesis, the
changes in air are just caused by mountain belts.
Because the Rocky Mountains divert air flow in
different ways, the East coast is colder than
Most scientists agree that the wind
directions cause the actual warming, but how
those winds are influenced by ocean currents is
still up for debate.
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