Sea-Surface Temperature Anomaly Generation in Relation to Atmospheric Storms

Russell L. Elsberry Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. 93940

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An extended period of reduced surface heat and momentum fluxes due to the absence of atmospheric storms may result in upper-ocean temperature anomalies that persist for months. The predominance of either anomalously high or low temperatures is related to the ocean thermal structure that is established on the transition date between the winter and summer regimes.

1 Department of Meteorology.

2 Department of Oceanography.

An extended period of reduced surface heat and momentum fluxes due to the absence of atmospheric storms may result in upper-ocean temperature anomalies that persist for months. The predominance of either anomalously high or low temperatures is related to the ocean thermal structure that is established on the transition date between the winter and summer regimes.

1 Department of Meteorology.

2 Department of Oceanography.

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