Water off Newfoundland hits record temperature

Ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic hit a record high last year, raising concerns about global warming effects on one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. 

Sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was below normal for the 10th consecutive year. The ocean surface off St. John"s averaged one degree above normal in 2004, the highest in the 59 years the federal Fisheries Department has compiled records. The temperatures were above normal right across the North Atlantic from Newfoundland to Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Water temperatures in the cold Labrador current were actually below normal levels. And while the other temperatures were record highs, a similar warming trend occurred in the 1960s, Eugene Colbourne, an oceanographer with the Fisheries Department said. (From Canadian Press reported in July 7, 2005 Globe & Mail by Dene Moore)
Created: 2005-07-12 00:09:50 by Frank R. Smith
Modified: 2005-07-12 03:16:03 by Arthur Smith