Warm water

FALMOUTH — Sea surface temperatures this winter continue warmer than average throughout the Gulf of Maine, according to a quarterly report released this week by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. “These warm anomalies continue a region-wide continuous warm surface ocean period that began in September 2015,” the report says.

Temperatures over coastal areas of Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, the report says. Off the coast of Massachusetts, temperatures were up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Temperatures were 2-4 degrees warmer than normal over deeper basins in the central Gulf of Maine and the entire Scotian Shelf.

Historical averages are based on a 1985-2014 time series.

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