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An ocean ‘heat wave’ just drove temperatures off Maine to near-record highs

Aug 31, 2018

The Washington Post: 

Using satellite data, scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute said that over the past 30 years, the waters there have warmed at a rate more than three times the global average. Over the past 15 years, it has warmed at seven times that average.

“This event is surprising in the sense that it happened really quickly and we hit these record temperatures,” said Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. “But what’s unsurprising is that average conditions have been so warm. We’re getting heat waves or near heat waves almost every year, and in some years almost every day.

Senior GMRI Scientists Involved in the Project: