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Sea Surface Temperature
Trans-Nino years could foster tornado super outbreaksEurekAlert | 13 Sep 2013
(American Geosciences Institute) Researchers are trying to determine if Trans-Nino years, which mark the onset or ebbing of El Nino and La Nina, are the main culprits behind deadly super-outbreaks of tornadoes.
Cooling Pacific has dampened global warming, research showsGuardian Unlimited | 28 Aug 2013
Cooling waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean appear to be a major factor in dampening global warming in recent years, scientists said on Wednesday. Their work is a big step forward in helping to solve the greatest puzzle of current climate change research - why global average surface temperatures, while still on an upward trend, have risen more slowly in the past 10 to fifteen years than previously.
Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitatsEurekAlert | 22 Aug 2013
(British Antarctic Survey) Antarctic krill are usually less than 6 cm in length but their size belies the major role they play in sustaining much of the life in the Southern Ocean. They are the primary food source for many species of whales, seals, penguins and fish.
Range of climate records broken - reportNew Zealand Herald | 07 Aug 2013
A major US report held as the world's most authorative annual climate check has shown a range of records were broken last year - and mostly for the wrong reasons.The 2012 State of the Climate report, released this morning, found...
Warm weather brings jellyfish bloom to UK seasGuardian Unlimited | 30 Jul 2013
Marine Conservation Society urges public to report sightings of jellyfish, which act as a barometer of the health of the seas. Jellyfish blooms are on the rise following recent warm weather after the cold spring delayed their appearance, marine experts have said.The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is urging people to report their sightings of jellyfish, which act as a barometer of the seas, as part of its annual national jellyfish survey.
Sea temperature affects west Highland fishermenfishupdate.com | 24 Jul 2013
DUNVEGAN fisherman Willie Murdo MacKinnon - along with many other on the west coast - is finding things tough as sea temperatures struggle to recover from the cold winter and spring.
Climate researchers discover new rhythm for El NiñoEurekAlert | 28 May 2013
Why El Niño peaks around Christmas and ends quickly by February to April has been a long-standing mystery. The answer lies in an interaction between El Niño and the annual cycle that results in an unusual tropical Pacific wind pattern with a period of 15 months, according to a team of scientists at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Their study appears in the May 26, 2013, online issue of Nature Geoscience.
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.