Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Rising Mid Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures

According to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), temperatures in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays were more than 6 degrees C (11°F) above historical average at the surface and more than 5 degrees C (9°F) above average at the bottom during the first six months of 2012.

During the same period, sea surface temperatures off North America's Atlantic Coast were the highest ever recorded. The affected area, known as the Northeast US Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), extends from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Spring 2012 Ecosystem Advisory is available online at:


source: nefsc.noaa.gov

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