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Gulf of Maine has coolest year since 2011 but still growing warmer

Feb 1, 2018

Last year was one the coolest so far this decade for the Gulf of Maine, but the body of water continues its trend toward higher temperatures despite the one-year drop.

In 2017 the average sea surface temperature in the gulf, which typically ranges from just below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to the low 60s in summer, was 50 degrees, according to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. That’s the lowest average since 2011.

Senior GMRI Scientists Involved in the Project: