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Fall 2011 Update: Spring Sea Surface Temperature Distribution

The progression of spring sea surface temperatures for the months of January through June are shown in the interactive figure below. SSTs appear as progressive shades of cyan to blue in the left hand icons. Anomalies of SST, those tending to exceed plus or minus one quarter of a standard deviation of the overall SST for the field, are in the right hand set of icons. This type of anomaly tends to highlight high SSTs in an area, the red shades, and low SSTs in an area, the blue shades. The shelf was generally at average temperature for much of the first part of the year with the exception of some cool conditions during January off the Virginian and Carolina capes. Significant warming developed in the same area by May into June.

Place cursor over icon below to display detailed figure to the right

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