Water Temps On The Rise…July 8th, 2012 at 8:16 am by Tony Petrarca under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
Certainly no surprise as we get into the heart of summer, that ocean temperatures continue to warm. Infact the water is now up to 72 degrees. We measure water temps two ways…the first are floating weather stations (buoys). The other more advanced method is a sensor high up in space, located on our weather satellites. An infrared sensor on the satellite, can measure water temps. The map below represents the most recent water temps along our coast and offshore using this satellite sensor. The colors indicate different temps. Notice the narrow red ribbon well south of New England. That is the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. These sea surface temperature maps are vital during hurricane season, since hurricanes are fueled by warm waters. Take note of the patches of white..these are clouds. The satellite can measure water temps only on days when skies are clear.