Fall 2008 Update: Mid-Atlantic Bight Subregion
Unlike other subregions of the shelf, the Middle Atlantic Bight experienced warm SST conditions during the late winter and spring of 2008. The warming associated with the beginning of the summer was statistically above the recent term mean of SSTs for the area. The provisional chlorophyll concentrations were generally above average levels during the winter into spring period. Typically the Bight area does not have a well develop spring bloom, but in 2008 a spring bloom appeared to develop in March into April. Zooplankton abundances were consistently above average in the MAB from the summer of 2007 through the spring of 2008.