Spring 2015 Update: Conditions of the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem

Fall Sea Surface Temperature Distribution

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The progression of fall sea surface temperatures for the months of July through December are shown in the interactive figure.

SSTs appear as progressive shades of cyan to blue in the top 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 bottom 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 below average temperature during July and August with the exception of some warmer temperatures in the Gulf of Maine area.

For the balance of the year, all parts of the Shelf were above average temperature.

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