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Wed Aug 12 10:48:54 EDT 1998

HotSpot Notes  --  August 12, 1998

NOAA satellite data show "HotSpots" and related coral reef 
bleaching appears to be expanding and beginning to move 
southward throughout the northern and northeastern Caribbean:

     Grand Cayman
     Virgin Islands 
     Lesser Antilles

The high SSTs have even gone up slightly around Bermuda 
  increasing the likelihood of bleaching.

Over the Eastern Hemisphere the regions seeing potential 
increased bleaching activity are:

     Philippines [mostly eastern areas]
     Red Sea [north & central]
     Arabian/Persian Gulf
     Okinawa area

Verifications appreciated...

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Alan E. Strong
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  NOAA/NESDIS/ORA/ORAD -- E/RA3                    US Naval Academy
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