Spring 2012 Update: Fall Sea Surface Temperature - Northeast Shelf Ecosystem
The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem experienced above average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) during the fall of 2011 continuing the trend of above average temperatures seen during spring into summer seasons. In the graph, 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 2011 were found during December.