Lowered salinity in Florida Bay
James C. Hendee
hendee at AOML.ERL.GOV
Fri Jun 23 17:09:14 EDT 1995
Those of you studying the influence of high salinity and high
temperature water from Florida Bay on the survival of coral reefs along
the Florida Straits may find it interesting to follow the salinities and
temperatures reported from the Long Key C-MAN station (the only station in
Florida Bay) and those on the oceanic side of the Florida Keys, such as
Molasses Reef, Sombrero Reef, Sand Key and Dry Tortugas over the next
couple of days. There has been over 11 inches of rain fallen over south
Florida, the Everglades and Florida Bay over the last 72 hours, and the
salinities have dropped in Florida Bay correspondingly. There may be a
drop in salinities on the oceanic side, maybe not. Any unusual biological
events witnessed by divers, boaters or scientists (!) in the area would be
of value. Current C-MAN postings may be followed at
http://coral.aoml.erl.gov/cman/cman_menu.html if you're interested.
Historical oceanographic data for the region will be available soon.
These data will contain, for some stations, salinities and temperatures at
1 meter, 2 meters and 3 meters deep.
(hendee at coral.aoml.erl.gov)
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