Bleaching potential - LOW

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Wed Mar 31 13:29:37 EST 1999

HotSpot Notes -- March 31, 1999

NOAA satellite data show Bleaching HotSpots have receded
to cover dramatically less coral reef regions than at this time last 
year.  Compare the following pairs of images:


>From our SST anomalies and their archives:

it would appear we are seeing some of the coolest Pacific Ocean SSTs 
since the late 80s and early 90s. --- GOOD NEWS for our coral reefs 
and their recovery from last year's unprecedented bleaching!!

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Alan E. Strong
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