Sea Surface Temperature
Sea surface temperatures reach highest level in 150 yearsEurekAlert | 29 Apr 2013
(NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012 were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Temperature is also affecting distributions of fish and shellfish on the Northeast Shelf.
Study reveals seasonal patterns of tropical rainfall changes from global warmingEurekAlert | 16 Apr 2013
Projections of rainfall changes from global warming have been very uncertain because scientists could not determine how two different mechanisms will impact rainfall. The two mechanisms turn out to complement each other and together shape the spatial distribution of seasonal rainfall in the tropics, according to the study of a group of Chinese and Hawaii scientists that is published in the April 14, 2013, online issue of Nature Geoscience.
Tropical Indo-Pacific climate shifts to a more El Niño-like stateEurekAlert | 14 Nov 2012
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) Climate models predict a slowdown of the Walker circulation with global warming. Atmospheric models, however, have failed to reproduce the slowdown already observed over the last 60 years, casting doubt on their ability to simulate slow climate change. Now a study published in this week's issue of Nature has succeeded in simulating the slowdown and shows that changes in the sea surface temperature pattern across the Indo-Pacific are the cause.
Scientists Uncover Diversion of Gulf Stream Path in Late 2011Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 15 Oct 2012
The result of his investigation was a discovery that the Gulf Stream diverged well to the north of its normal path beginning in late October 2011, causing the warmer-than-usual ocean temperatures along the New England continental shelf.
Atlantic cause for rainy summersBBC | 07 Oct 2012
Recent warming in the Atlantic Ocean is the main cause of wet summers in northern Europe, according to a new study.
Warm North Atlantic ocean causing UK's wet summers, study showsGuardian Unlimited | 07 Oct 2012
The UK's dismal recent summers can be blamed on a substantial warming of the North Atlantic ocean in the late 1990s, according to new scientific research. The shift has resulted in rain-soaked weather systems being driven into northern Europe, increasing summer rainfall by about a third.The pattern is likely to revert to drier summers and may do so suddenly.
New Weather-Shifting Climate Cycle RevealedWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 03 Oct 2012
Scientists have uncovered evidence for another natural cycle that, like El Niño and La Niña, shifts Pacific Ocean winds and currents and rearranges rainfall and weather patterns around the globe. The newly detected cycle recurs every 100 years.
NOAA center warns of above-average ocean temperaturesfishupdate.com | 20 Sep 2012
During the first six months of 2012, sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem were the highest ever recorded, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).
UNC research: Corals on ocean-side of reef are most susceptible to recent warmingEurekAlert | 11 Jul 2012
Marine scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have linked the decline in growth of Caribbean forereef corals -- due to recent warming -- to long-term trends in seawater temperature experienced by these corals located on the ocean-side of the reef. The research was conducted on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System in southern Belize.
May 2012 global temperatures second warmest on recordScienceDaily.com | 20 Jun 2012
The globally-averaged temperature for May 2012 marked the second warmest May since record keeping began in 1880. May 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive May and 327th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.
El Niño weather and climate change threaten survival of baby leatherback sea turtlesEurekAlert | 25 May 2012
When critically endangered leatherback turtle hatchlings dig out of their nests, they enter a world filled with threats to survival. Now, Drexel University researchers have found that the climate conditions at the nesting beach affect the early survival of turtle eggs and hatchlings. They predict, based on projections from multiple models, that egg and hatchling survival will drop by half in the next 100 years as a result of global climate change.
NOAA expects 4 to 8 Atlantic hurricanes in 2012Reuters | 24 May 2012
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) - The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will be "near normal" with nine to 15 tropical storms and four to eight of those will strengthen into hurricanes, the U.S. government weather agency predicted on Thursday.
Global ocean drifter deployed off of South FloridaNOAA | 29 Apr 2012
In celebration of Earth Day, three area students deployed a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean drifter on April 27, contributing to a global array that yields vital environmental data.
Fewer storms forecast for 2012 Atlantic hurricane seasonReuters | 25 Apr 2012
MIAMI (Reuters) - The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is projected to be less active than in recent years with 11 tropical storms, six of which will intensify into hurricanes, U.S. private forecaster Weather Services International said on Wednesday.
Local students deploy global ocean drifter off of MassachusettsNOAA | 17 Apr 2012
Getting an early jump on Earth Day, students from several Boston-area schools helped ready and deploy a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean drifter today, contributing to a global array that yields vital environmental data.
New comparison of ocean temperatures reveals rise over the last centuryEurekAlert | 03 Apr 2012
A new study contrasting ocean temperature readings of the 1870s with temperatures of the modern seas reveals an upward trend of global ocean warming spanning at least 100 years. The research led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego physical oceanographer Dean Roemmich shows a .33-degree Celsius (.59-degree Fahrenheit) average increase in the upper portions of the ocean to 700 meters (2,300 feet) depth.