[Coral-List] Caribbean Heating Up?

scott.stripling scott.stripling at noaa.gov
Thu May 26 15:25:17 EDT 2005


Even further than the reduced upwelling has been an anomalously weak 
Gulf Stream
and subsequent western boundary current circulation this past winter, 
and in general
terms since last summer, when Frances really put a blocking mechanism on the
Gulf Stream flow. See http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/floridacurrent/

This is partially due to a surface low pressure anomaly across the 
western Atlantic
this past winter, and has acted to block the upstream flow into the 
Caribbean as well,
affecting the entire Atlantic gyre. There is a huge pool of anomalously 
warm water
in the upper layer east through northeast of the  Lesser Antilles that 
extends out
into the central Atlantic.

Scott Stripling
Carolina, Puerto Rico

Frank Muller-Karger wrote:

>al-the caribbean is experiencing an anomalously low trade wind this year.
>this has inhibited upwelling along its southern margin.
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>On Wed, 25 May 2005, Alan E Strong wrote:
>>We are presently watching the Caribbean begin its 2005 summer warm-up in
>>the most southern reaches of this Sea....
>>So far, for this time in late May, the thermal stress appears to be
>>building up at an unprecedented rate.  This is since we have been
>>watching HotSpots and DHWs evolve (since 1997)....stay tuned....
>>Reports appreciated....our Automated Satellite Bleaching Alerts (SBAs)
>>scheduled to begin this summer!!
>>Al Strong
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