Date of Award

Spring 2001

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Craig Gilman


While the Gulf Stream has been extensively studied, there is still much speculation on the causes of Gulf Stream meandering and ring formation. This study explores the effects of frequent outbreaks of cold weather systems across the southeast region of the United States in relation to stability of the Gulf Stream. The hypothesis is that frequent outbreaks of cold air over the Gulf Stream will lead to Gulf Stream instability and a greater number of rings produced during the subsequent year. Statistical analysis of climatological data of the region and Gulf Stream ring data will be presented to address this hypothesis.