[Coral-List] Caymans Enviro data

Jim Hendee Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
Fri Sep 25 09:10:19 EDT 2009

Also note an interesting animated link provided by the alert (see below):


Notice the very warm gyre of water that swirls south from Cuba, and also
less rapidly above and past Jamaica, and right over the top of the
Caymans (west of Jamaica).  It would be interesting to hear of any other
reports of bleaching or not (as this is helpful, too) from those
regions.  Notice from other links and data from our station (LCIY2) that
the winds have been generally low.

    Cheers, Jim

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	LCIY2 Ecological Forecast: Mass Coral Bleaching
Date: 	Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:53:07 -0400 (EDT)
From: 	ICON/G2 <g2 at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>

Ecological Forecast: 'Mass bleaching of hard corals'

Station/Site: ICON Reef, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands (LCIY2)
Forecast/diagnostic generated on 24 Sep 2009  2:53:07 p.m.

Forecast as of Wednesday, 2009-Sep-23 (Day 266)

Model Rule:
    'Mass coral bleaching (very high SST + very low wind)'

    Stimulus/Response Index (S/RI) = 12, because:
            hourly average wind speed (Windsp) was Very Low (3.224) during period Pre Sunset
            REMSS 'MISST' blended microwave/infrared SST (Sst) was Very High (30.553) during period Evening

Model Rule:
    'Mass coral bleaching (drastic high SST)'

    Stimulus/Response Index (S/RI) = 3, because:
            REMSS 'MISST' blended microwave/infrared SST (Sst) was Drastic High (30.609) during period Midnight

Cumulative Stimulus/Response Index: 15

Follow the links below to see plots of local and regional environmental
conditions related to this particular Ecological Forecast:

Summary of environmental data (including in situ, if available) for this site:
Browse detailed maps of the Multi-Instrument Sea Surface Temperature (MISST) for this date:
Sea-surface temperature forecast by the Real-Time Ocean Forecast System for the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico:
Browse all MODIS satellite SST and chlorophyll_a imagery for this date:

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