HotSpots -- Tahiti area

astrong at astrong at
Fri Mar 6 15:31:52 EST 1998

NOTES:   HotSpots   Bleaching -- 3 Mar 98

As the El Nino "warm pool" in eastern tropical 
Pacific finally appears to be beginning to show 
signs of weakening, HotSpots now appear to be
on the increase in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Areas seen as prime suspects for initial stages of
bleaching include the southern coasts of Indonesia 
and Papua New Guinea.  Also, more extensive 
HotSpots are continuing in the vicinity of the 

The high surface temperatures appear to have 
lessened a bit over the northern and central GBR.  
SSTs continue to increase near Tahiti and once
again along the Pacific coasts of Panama and
Costa Rica above the Gulf of Panama   has 
anyone seen evidence of bleaching at any of
these new locations?

Posted on 3/3/98 at:

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