Von Kármán vortices, which can appear as long linear chains of spiral eddies, form nearly anywhere that fluid flow is disturbed by an object. The atmosphere behaves like a fluid, so the wing of an airplane, a bridge, and even an island can cause the vortices to form. 

In this case, a tall mountain, like Guadalupe Island's Mount Augusta, as the highest elevation on Guadalupe Island at 1,297.5 m, disturbs a common, and steadily flow of air from the north, which flows over the mountain, which creates Von Karman Vortex streets.

In Guadalupe Island, Von Karman vortices usually forms almost everyday, mostly from Late April to Late October. 

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