Fall Sea Surface Temperature Distribution
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 row 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 row 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 well above average temperature during the months July through December with the exception of some segments of the Middle Atlantic Bight in September and October. Temperature anomalies off the continental shelf are highly variable due to mesoscale movement of the Gulf Stream.