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Spring 2013 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 2012, 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. In 2012, SSTs were all well above the mean and are shown in red. Some thermal moderation in the fall may have been due to Super Storm Sandy which impacted the NES during late October into November.

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