The four subregions of the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem, which extends from Cape Hatteras, N.C. to the Gulf of Maine. MAB is the Mid-Atlantic Bight, SNE is Southern New England, GB is Georges Bank, and GOM is the Gulf of Maine.

Northeastern Ocean Surface Temperatures at Highest in 150 Years: NOAA


Ocean-surface temperatures from Maine to North Carolina have shot to their highest in 150 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on April 25.

"Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest ever recorded in both long-term observational and short-term remote sensing time series," said NOAA in a statement containing data from the agency's Northeast Fisheries Science Center. "These exceptionally high SSTs are part of a pattern of elevated temperatures occurring in the Northwest Atlantic, but not seen elsewhere in the ocean basin."

Large Marine Ecosystems are expanses of ocean space of 77,220 square miles or more, according to the NOAA definition, "adjacent to the continents in coastal waters where primary productivity is generally higher than in open ocean areas."

The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem, one of several such designations around the world, stretches from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras along the Atlantic Ocean and eastward to the end of the Continental Shelf. 

"These high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are the latest in a trend of above average temperature seen during the spring and summer seasons, and part of a pattern of elevated temperatures occurring in the Northwest Atlantic, but not seen elsewhere in the ocean basin over the past century," NOAA said in its statement on the advisory, which covers conditions for the second half of 2012. The next-highest temperature reading in this region was registered in 1951, NOAA said. Temperatures were recorded with a combination of satellite data and ship-board measurements dating back to 1854.

The record high temperature for 2012 was 57.2°F (14°Celsius), when the usual average is less than 54.3°F (12.4°C) over the past 30 years, NOAA said. "The temperature increase in 2012 was the highest jump in temperature seen in the time series and one of only five times temperature has changed by more than 1.8°F [1°C]."

Several species, including black sea bass, summer flounder, longfin squid and butterfish, have been shown to be migrating northeastward as the temperatures change, as well.

“What these latest findings mean for the Northeast Shelf ecosystem and its marine life is unknown,” said Michael Fogarty,  head of the Ecosystem Assessment Program of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. “What is known is that the ecosystem is changing, and we need to continue monitoring and adapting to these changes.”

This may not be the only area of ocean warming, however. A study published earlier this year in the journal Geophysical Research Letters discussed overall increasing ocean temperatures, noting that oceans absorb much more heat energy than air and could be another indicator of climate change. 

The study, noted the Conde Nast techno site, found that the deep ocean has not only absorbed a "surprising amount of heat" but that the rate of absorption has also been increasing over the past decade. It's also happening at deeper and deeper levels. In fact, much of the warming occurring on the planet is happening below the ocean's surface, according to climate scientist Dana Nuccitelli. 

"Only about 2 percent of global warming from the increased greenhouse effect is used in heating the air, while about 90 percent heats the world’s oceans," Nuccitelli wrote in an April 1 op-ed on, referencing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also quoted the study authors, who concluded, “In the last decade, about 30 percent of the warming has occurred below 700  meters, contributing significantly to an acceleration of the warming trend.”

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Previews of coming distractions. Contact your Congressional policy maders and insist they take meaningful action to reduce global emissions. Our future generations are at stake. Apathy is irrational and immoral.

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Read well and study on your own after you have read this. This is not a game or joke our Sun gives off a Solar Wind all day year round if you live in the State of Alaska you see it in the sky above what a sight it is going through our Earth’s Magnet Polls of the North and the South, North Poll. Its Called the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. The day will come when you will be able to see it all over Earth as in the year 1859 Solar Flare, It was the largest in 500 years. Two Astronomer’s Hodgson and Carrington told the World that the Solar Flare made a Geomagnetic Storm reach Earth in hours not days. Back then it gave new meaning to Reach For The Skies from Telegraph Operators. For hours sparks flew from the key board. Even after the Batteries were disconnected. Nov 3 and 4, 2003 had a X40+ Class Solar Flare. Our Sun’s UV Rays will get stronger as each passing day go’s by, read and i will tell you why. The Great big forest have be striped from most of the Earth for Greed of Money by the Wicked. The trees our are Main Source of Oxygen on this Plant. The Forest Trees scrubs the Pollution out of the air and makes Oxygen from the rain and dirt that it grows in. The Forest Trees do more then just make Oxygen they stop Soil Erosion, just Look at the 1930 Dust Bowl. Greed by our Government taxes led farmers to clear cut all their Forest and farm all the land they were being Tax on. They had to farm it to pay for the Taxes. Why leave the Trees when food crop makes Money. This Did not Help the Depression that effected most all Worldwide. This year 2013 more then 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition and Dehydration. Many will die! In the United States of America alone more than 46+ Million Americans Received Food Stamps and that number is going up every day every year for the last 4 years in a row. The Pollution and CO2 Carbon Dioxide go into the Tree Bark as a shield from most bugs so they do not eat the tree. Less Forest less Oxygen this is why the moon. That has no Oxygen is very cold on the side with out Sun Light, And hot as ever on the side with Sun Light. Way too cold and too hot to live there. You would need at least 10 times the Energy we use on Earth to even live there and life on the Moon would be very short. With no blank of Oxygen to lessen or reduce the Sun’s UV Rays and Solar Wind they are deadly there on our Moon. Every Mt. Climber and Aircraft Pilot knows the higher you go the thinner the Oxygen and colder it gets. Just spend a night on a Mt. top above 13,000 feet with no Sun Light and you will see or should i say feel the cold stinging any of your exposed skin. If you are new to Mt. Climbing stay below 10,000Ft. The Astronauts and the Cosmonauts and Fighter Pilots that i have been with for years know this very well, and the Radiation Hazards to humans at High Altitudes. Soon the Sun’s Solar Wind and UV rays will be way to strong for most to go out in the Sun Light for even a short time. The Geomagnetic Storm to come and the Bad Weather Storms well you have not seen nothing yet and the Sea Level is Rising the Oceans. Many Millions have been affected by Floods in China and Pakistan just last year. In 2005 Over a Thousand dead in New Orleans flood, and the list is going on. And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places such as was not from the beginning of the Creation. The last 30 years On Earth we have broke all high temp records and the temp it is still going up. All the Worlds Ice Glacier are melting at an Accelerating Rate. The Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps store more water than all the Fresh Water Lakes on Earth. Look to the (US Gov web site "USGS U.S. Geological Survey" Repeat Photography of Alaskan Glaciers) The Bad Weather Storms now are Babies compared to what is to come. They will get even bigger and worse less Oxygen the more UV Rays to the Earth and more Water molecules will evaporate and go up into the Earth’s Atmosphere. Less Oxygen the colder with out sun light and hotter with it. The Sky full of more water vapor molecules, more snow in the winter and more Flash Floods in the Summer. All earth will see way more fires and the Deserts are growing larger. If every living person on Earth were to Plant A Tree Today we might have a chance. FOR A SHORT TIME ALL THE MILITARY ON ALL SIDES PUT DOWN THEIR WEAPONS AND PLANTED TREES IN PAKISTAN MORE THEN A MILLION TREES IN A DAY. NOW WHY CAN WE NOT DO THIS WORLD WIDE? The Earth’s Atmosphere Blanket surrounding it protects life on Earth as Our Lord and GOD will all that seek Him. Then it is written when the tree is full it is harvest time. All the Earth will someday burn away. This is all Foretold in the Bible Read it and may our Lord Bless all that do so. The Lord’s Little Helper Paul Felix Schott KI4-AEX P.S. 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the Earth and its works will be burned up. GOD Bless You and Your Love ones Give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ every day. Read Luke 21:20-22 Matthew 24: 30-33 Solar Energy the way to go. Many States Are and are Banning Fracking. Archimedes and Albert Einstein These two are at the top of the list of the Worlds Greatest Scientists, Viewed by Scientist around the World. Sad that for the last 25 years or so of every teacher asked no matter what Grade k through 16. At least 80% of them did not know Archimedes. Even sadder 90% of them could not tell you what one of the most Brilliant Scientist to ever live on Earth. Won the Nobel Prize for. It was for the work Albert Einstein did to show the World it could get Free Energy, Electric from the SUN. (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT). We still do not Teach this to are young Why Churches all over earth are Going Solar why not are schools?