Fall 2007 Update: Mid-Atlantic Bight Subregion
SST conditions in the Mid-Atlantic Bight subregion were warm in fall through spring, with the only evidence of the cooling seen in other parts of the ecosystem occurring in April. January SST exceeded two standard deviations above the long-term mean for a short period of time. The 2007 winter period bloom was above the climatological mean in terms of intensity, but chlorophyll levels returned to average values during the spring and early summer time periods. The dramatic decline in winter 2007 zooplankton biomass seen in other subregions was also seen in the Mid-Atlantic Bight, but biomass declines of this magnitude are not without precedent in this subregion.