2008 Sea Surface Surface Temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico

Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico rise due to natural summer warming. These warm surface temperatures are a contributing factor to favorable conditions that can lead to the formation of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Eastern Shore of the United States. In general, hurricanes tend to form over warm ocean water whose temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 27.7 degrees Celsius) or higher. These areas are depicted in yellow, orange, and red. This data was taken by the AMSR-E instrument aboard the Aqua satellite.

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Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
David Adamec (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Jeff Halverson (JCET UMBC): Scientist
Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Owen Kelley (George Mason University): Scientist
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Data Used:
Aqua/AMSR-E/Sea Surface Temperature 1/1/08 - 12/31/08

Dates of Data Used:
1/1/08 - 12/31/08

This item is part of this series:
Hurricane-SST Connection

DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version