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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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This animation shows the progression of warm waters slowly filling the Gulf of Mexico (shown in yellow, orange, and red). This natural annual warming contributes to the possible formation of hurricanes in the Gulf. SST data shown here ranges from January 1 to the present.    This animation shows the progression of warm waters slowly filling the Gulf of Mexico (shown in yellow, orange, and red). This natural annual warming contributes to the possible formation of hurricanes in the Gulf. SST data shown here ranges from January 1 to the present.
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The legend for sea surface temperature. The color scale ranges from dark blue for areas below 15C to dark red for regions above 35C.
   The legend for sea surface temperature. The color scale ranges from dark blue for areas below 15C to dark red for regions above 35C.

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Current SST data for the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast.    Current SST data for the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-01-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-01-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-02-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-02-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-03-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-03-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-04-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-04-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-05-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-05-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-06-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-06-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-07-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-07-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-08-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-08-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-09-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-09-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-10-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-10-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-11-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-11-01.

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Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-12-01.    Sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic on 2008-12-01.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3397
Animation Number:3397
Completed:2006-05-24
Animators:Alex Kekesi (GST) (Lead)
 Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
Scientists:David Adamec (NASA/GSFC)
 Jeff Halverson (JCET UMBC)
 Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC)
 Owen Kelley (George Mason University)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:Aqua/AMSR-E/Sea Surface Temperature (1/1/08 - 12/31/08)
Data Collected:1/1/08 - 12/31/08
Series:Hurricane-SST Connection
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Keywords:
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
 
 


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