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Spring 2014 Update: Fall Sea Surface Temperature - Northeast Shelf Ecosystem

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Sea surface temperature cycle

The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem experienced above average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) during the fall of 2013, continuing the trend of above average temperatures seen during spring.  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 (see figure). In 2013, SSTs were all well above the mean and are shown in red. Some thermal moderation occurred during the middle of the summer when temperature fell below the long term mean and again during December.

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