Fall Sea Surface Temperature Distribution
The progression of spring sea surface temperatures for the months of January through June is shown in the interactive figure. SSTs appear as progressive shades of cyan to blue in the left hand 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 right hand 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 near or slightly above average SST during January through March whereas much of the shelf was at or below average during April and May, noting that warmer condition appeared to reestablish during June, especially in the Gulf of Maine.