danielwAdministrator
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Fri Mar 24 2006 11:36 PM
Re: Accuweather Prognostication????

As Clark mentioned. There is some debate on the SST anomaly in the GOM. I have seen several print articles with different anomalies listed. The 12 dgeree anomaly is the highest one that I've seen thus far.

I use Dr Nan Walker's (Project Director) site at LSU for my GOM SST information.
http://www.esl.lsu.edu/home/
http://www.esl.lsu.edu/imagery/image_archives/

This site lags a few days behind the Navy and NOAA, due to workdays and data delay.
The most current map for this month is the 15th of March, 2006.
http://www.esl.lsu.edu/webpics/CMI-GOES/2006-03/g12%2E060315%2Ecomp%2Esstsshcl%2Egif

Compare with the same calendar week from last year.
http://www.esl.lsu.edu/webpics/CMI-GOES/2005-03/g12%2E050313%2Ecomp%2Esstsshcl%2Egif
Note: the numbers shown on the contour intervals, are Sea Surface Height anomaly in centimeters. This is in correlation with the Sea Surface Temperature-SST under the contours.
( You may have to browse a few days before or after the date to get a cloud free image. Image are slow to load on DSL. May take quite a bit longer on dialup connections.~danielw)

Here's a link to the prestorm SSTs for Ivan '04, Katrina '05 and Rita '05.
http://www.esl.lsu.edu/quicklinks/publications/images/PreStorms.gif



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