Fall 2014 Update: Spring Sea Surface Temperature - Northeast Shelf Ecosystem
The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem experienced above average sea surface temperatures during the spring of 2014 continuing the trend of above average temperatures seen during fall into winter seasons. In the graph spanning the last half of 2013 and first half of 2014, 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 (see figure). SSTs below the long term mean are shown in blue, above the mean in red. The warmest seasonal conditions during the first half of 2014 were found during May into June, below average conditions were limited to the Middle Atlantic Bight in April into May.