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Atlantic Ocean Temperatures Hit 150-Year Record High: NOAA

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Apr, 26, 2013, 12:54 PM


Sea surface temperatures hit their highest recorded temperature for the past 150 years in 2012, according to the NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

The most recent Ecosystem Advisory (from the second-half of 2012) indicated a pattern of unusually high temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean during the spring and summer seasons. These conditions occured in no other ocean on Earth the past century. Sea temperatures recorded in the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem reached 14 degrees Celsius (57.2°F) in 2012.

The reading was the highest in the period of record-keeping, dating to 1854, according to the NOAA. The increase seen from 2011-2012 was also a record for the period and only the fifth time where temperature changed by more than 1 C (1.8 F).

Shelf numbers decreased in the fall, possibly due to Hurricane Sandy. NOAA said they have also documented changes in the areas where fish and shellfish populate.

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