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Current Sea Surface Temperatures Rising 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 East Coast 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 blended microwave- and infrared-wavelength data was taken by the AMSR-E and MODIS instruments aboard the Aqua satellite, and the TMI instrument aboard the TRMM satellite. This animation updates every 24 hours.

Visualization Credits

Trent L. Schindler (UMBC): Lead Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): 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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Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission - TRMM

Data Used:
Aqua/AMSR-E/Sea Surface Temperature
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2009
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2009
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2009
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Hurricane-SST Connection

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

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