[Coral-List] Scientists Issue Second Coral Warning Due toHighCaribbean Sea Temperatures

Tupper, Mark (WorldFish) m.tupper at cgiar.org
Wed Aug 23 23:54:07 EDT 2006

The question is: which temperature change in the original warning is
correct? The bulletin reads:

"Sea temperatures around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reached
about 83.66 degrees Fahrenheit (28.7 degrees Celsius) -- 3.36 degrees
Fahrenheit (0.2 degrees Celsius) warmer than their annual average

3.36 Fahrenheit degrees is 2.0 Celsius degrees, not 0.2 Celsius degrees.
I could (maybe) believe that 28.7 C might be 0.2 C degrees above the
normal August temp, but as Alina said, I very much doubt it would be 2 C
degrees above. That would make the average annual high only 80.3 F (26.7
C). Seems very cool for an annual high...

Dr. Mark Tupper
Scientist - Coral Reefs
The WorldFish Center
PO Box 500 GPO, 10670 Penang, Malaysia
Tel (+6-04) 626-1606; Fax (+6-04) 626-5530

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