Thursday, October 18, 2012

Decisions, decisions

It's a tough decision. (And some guys can't follow directions.)

My choice? I took a brisk walk where sand meets the surf and returned home to do Coursera homework.

A paper nautilus aka Argonaut was accidentally caught by local fishermen and taken to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
News stories mention that these normally live in tropical and subtropical waters. However, the ocean temperatures in the Santa Monica Bay have been warm, even by our seasonal standards. Click on the Navy's global sea surface temperature (SST) analysis to enlarge the area off the California coast.

For reference, compare the climatological SST for this time of year on the same color scale. The Santa Monica Bay is experiencing offshore SSTs normally found halfway down Baja California (near the latitude of Bahia Tortuga).

NOAA provides a close-up of the California coast, but they don't provide the climatological mean for context.


  • Navy SSTs (in Fahrenheit with climatology and anomaly plots)
  • NOAA SSTs (in Celcius with anomaly plots)

1 comment:

  1. That water used to be COLD. How well I remember


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