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Current Conditions of the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem -- Fall 2015 Update

Spring Sea Surface Temperature Distribution

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The progression of spring sea surface temperatures for the months of January through June is shown in the interactive figure. 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 Northeast Shelf was generally near or slightly above average SST during January. Cooler water conditions can been seen in the Middle Atlantic Bight in February and over most of the Shelf during March and April. The ecosystem warmed to above average conditions from south to north during May into June.

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