Fall 2012 Update: Spring Sea Surface Temperature - Northeast Shelf Ecosystem
The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem experienced above average sea surface temperatures during the spring of 2012 continuing the trend of above average temperatures seen during fall into winter seasons. In the graph for the last half of 2011 and first half of 2012, the long term mean SST is shown as a dark gray line with areas representing plus and minus one and two standard deviations of the mean as progressive shades of gray, respectively. SSTs below the long term mean are shown in blue, above the mean in red. The warmest seasonal conditions during 2012 were found during March.