9 Feb 2021 – sea surface temperature anomalies

This chart of colour filled contours of sea surface temperature anomalies has got to be the worst I’ve ever seen, but beggars can’t be choosers, and if the ECMWF hadn’t freed their charts up last year there would be nowhere else to find one. You would have thought because of Britain’s proud seafaring history (remember that we once ruled the waves) that you could have found one on the Met Office website, but alas, because of their trading fund status that’ll cost you.
The SST against the Atlantic coast of IONA are all below average, but parts of the North Sea (+0.5 to +1.5°C) and large parts of the Baltic (0.5 to 2.5°C) anomalies are still well above average. It’s no wonder that the cold air has been tempered so much in these easterlies. Having said that, warmer than average SST should produce more vigorous convection.

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