Florida Keys -- Bleaching

astrong at nesdis.noaa.gov astrong at nesdis.noaa.gov
Tue Jun 16 15:55:17 EDT 1998

HotSpots have enveloped the Florida Bay and the Keys on today's chart:

With any continued absence of cloud cover [and light winds] areas of the 
Caribbean may be in for an increase in water temperatures and possible 
bleaching.  Much of the Caribbean is within 0.5 deg C of levels critical for 
initiating coral reef bleaching. [Ref: pinks & blues in the HotSpot charts].

Luckily, winds have been pretty brisk south of 20N:

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