Posted by

Patrick Whittle (AP) Patrick Whittle (AP)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Summer may be getting longer in New England waters

Rate this item
(0 votes)
In this July 29, 2014 file photo, Brandon Demmons sends a lobster trap overboard at dawn off of Monhegan Island, Maine. A group of scientists led by Andrew Thomas of the University of Maine says the warming of the Gulf of Maine has added up to 66 days of summer-like temperatures to the body of water. In this July 29, 2014 file photo, Brandon Demmons sends a lobster trap overboard at dawn off of Monhegan Island, Maine. A group of scientists led by Andrew Thomas of the University of Maine says the warming of the Gulf of Maine has added up to 66 days of summer-like temperatures to the body of water. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

PORTLAND — Summer is getting longer in the waters off New England, and that could have big ramifications for everything from the strength of storms to the health of fisheries and endangered whales, according to scientists.

The scientists, led by Andrew Thomas of the University of Maine, said the warming of the Gulf of Maine has added up to 66 days of summer-like temperatures to the water surface since 1982.

The gulf, which stretches from Massachusetts to Nova Scotia, is a critical piece of ocean for industries such as fishing, shipping and tourism, and researchers have previously said it is warming faster than almost all of Earth’s waters.

The scientists involved in the study used 33 years of satellite data to identify seasonal trends. The data show that the warming of the Gulf of Maine has been much greater in the months from June to October, effectively stretching out the length of summer, Thomas said.

Warmer, longer summers will result in “winners and losers” in the Gulf of Maine, Thomas said, adding that some consequences could be dire.

“We may cross some threshold where some virus or some bacteria might be able to make a living here,” Thomas said. “But if you’re a tourist who wants to swim at a beach, a warmer July or August might be just fine.”

Thomas and his co-authors published their findings in the scientific journal Elementa last month. The paper says longer summers could have serious ramifications because rising water temperatures can disrupt ocean ecosystems.

The scientists’ work illustrates that the Gulf of Maine is “ground zero for experiencing the impacts of ocean warming,” said Malin Pinsky, an ecologist and assistant professor at Rutgers University who was not involved in the study.

The paper also says the trend could provide more hospitable waters for hurricanes, which feed off warm water. The cold water typical of the Gulf of Maine would normally cause a hurricane to lose energy, but such a storm could stay strong if it enters the region in future summers because of the warming trend, according to the study.

“Many of the big storms that are going to impact New England get some of their energy and some of their moisture from the ocean,” said Andrew Pershing, a scientist with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland and a co-author of the paper.

Some of the biggest impacts of the warming trend already are being felt through changes to the marine life in the Gulf of Maine, where fishermen seek valuable species, such as lobsters and haddock. The warming of the gulf tracks with a trend of some species, such as lobsters, moving further north, Pershing said.

The trend also could cause a change in the availability of food that jeopardizes the future of endangered North Atlantic right whales, said Nicholas Record, another co-author of the paper and a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine.

The whales, which number no more than 500, have experienced high mortality this year. It’s possible the whales are becoming more vulnerable as the ocean warms because the tiny organisms they eat might be moving to different parts of the ocean during the feeding season, Record said.

“Animals use that seasonality. The more they are out of alignment, the more that strains the food web,” Record said. “When the timing moves apart, that has effects that propagate throughout the food web. Usually negative effects.”


  • Comment Link Freddy Friday, 09 March 2018 11:58 posted by Freddy

    Without WEB OPTIMIZATION, a website might be invisible to serps.

  • Comment Link Waldo Friday, 09 March 2018 05:01 posted by Waldo

    I every time spent my half an hour to read this weblog's content everyday along with a cup of

  • Comment Link Jeramy Sunday, 04 March 2018 07:40 posted by Jeramy

    So we started trying into doggie daycare locations.

  • Comment Link Marina Monday, 26 February 2018 22:07 posted by Marina

    © 2018 SelectQuote Insurance coverage Companies.

  • Comment Link Judy Wednesday, 07 February 2018 17:28 posted by Judy

    Services or quick distance towing providers.

  • Comment Link Deena Wednesday, 31 January 2018 11:45 posted by Deena

    Great work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web.
    Disgrace on Google for not positioning this submit higher!

    Come on over and visit my web site . Thank you =)

  • Comment Link Alexandria Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:36 posted by Alexandria

    I got this site from my friend who shared with me concerning this web
    site and now this time I am visiting this web page and
    reading very informative posts at this time.

  • Comment Link Philliplen Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:00 posted by Philliplen

    Passing thanks to 51, that this public will also express the floor.fake id onlineonline fake id verification
    Es como si por una parte estuvieran los buenos y por otra los malos de los fake idfake id punishment biohazard
    You have to know that forex trading is not easy and it will not bring you millions in one week of ID Wisconsinscanning fake id cost
    The upside of making use of Wordpress like a classifieds website is that it is possible to also use tagging techniques to get targeted traffic from social bookmarking web sites and web sites like Technoratiid card styleminnesota fake id in ohio
    Cornwall has emerged in recent years as one of the most popular destinations in the UK.Wisconsin fake idfake ids virginia ebt
    Once you realize the potential of hypnotherapy for personal development, it is possible to work wonders with it.fake id websitesfake identity maker of minecraft
    You can study on your novelty onfake ids toronto needle
    If you are searching for information about copd pictures, here you will discover a Natural Remedy that can help you to effectively repair lung damage from idsquick fake id michigan
    This, novelty onfake id hollywood jesus
    A simple stroll streetscentral Philadelphiarevealnations largest assortmentpublic artwork amidst ample park properly-deliberate,navigated novelty onoklahoma fake id crime

  • Comment Link weight loss plan Saturday, 09 December 2017 06:55 posted by weight loss plan

    Great write-up. Seems as though much time and effort went towards this one.

  • Comment Link DavidPhEce Saturday, 09 December 2017 01:17 posted by DavidPhEce

    Un vestito buono 猫 un must nel guardaroba di ogni uomo, non solo serve a vestirlo e farlo guardare bene in unoccasione formale, ma anche mostrare la sua mascolinit脿 elegante. ray ban store locator italy ray ban 3447 cheap
    prego mia figlia isterica. occhiali ray ban uomo da vista ray ban erika opinioni
    Accra, 7 novembre, GNA - A tre giorni di conferenza internazionale su zone costiere dellAfrica sub-sahariana, ha aperto il Lunedi con un appello ai partecipanti di adottare misure difensive per mantenere litorali sovrasfruttati. giornata di beneficenza ray ban ray ban uomo offerte
    * Assicurarsi che il vostro motore della pompa si ottiene con cestello sforzare questo 猫 lo scopo di trovare scivolare semplicemente foglie, gadget, o forse rami in cui ha ottenuto in modo efficace nella zona piscina. ray ban erika tartaruga espelhado ray ban 50th anniversary limited edition
    Il Rinascimento decorazioni eclettiche e serena estendono le camere, che sono dotate di lenzuola di lusso, climatizzazione individuale, televisione via cavo, mini-bar, ad alta velocit脿, accesso a Internet e bagno in marmo con articoli da toeletta esclusivi. ray ban lenti azzurre specchiate ray ban justin prezzo
    Dopo aver superato 1 milione di guadagni in carriera in 2002, Saiki spera di confermare la sua carriera con una tacca nella colonna di vincere per unirsi suoi quattro carriera secondi posti. ray-ban clubmaster aluminum rb3507 ray ban erika donna
    La gente anche parlato e fantasticato su il jukebox di musica immaginaria in grado di riprodurre musica su ordine e chiunque pu貌 semplicemente acquistare qualsiasi musica che vogliono da un jukebox inesauribile. ray-ban rb3025 58 original aviator ray ban 4171 erika 622 8g
    ??? ray ban 4105 folding wayfarer sunglasses ray ban trasparenti prezzo
    Nathaniel Baze Bazile Lux il padre, con il quale ha legami con rapidit脿. occhiali da vista ray ban neri prezzi ray ban aviator specchio offerte
    Se si dispone di un paio di codici sconto, come v2 codice coupon cigs, che pu貌 essere utilizzato per lacquisto di questi articoli, tanto meglio. montature ray ban prezzi occhiali da sole ray ban jackie ohh
    [email protected]#itsunglasses

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next > End >>

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.
Basic HTML code is allowed.


Website CMS and Development by Links Online Marketing, LLC, Bangor Maine