Monthly mean time series of temperature and salinity in Monterey Bay, 1951-1991
McLain, Douglas R.
Collins, Curtis A.
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Temperature and salinity profile data, collected from different sources over the last four decades (1951-1991), were compiled and processed to obtain monthly mean time series of thermal conditions in Monterey Bay. The results indicate: (1) Near surface low salinity water intruded into the Bay from offshore during January to April, especially during March. (2) Annual cycle of monthly regression T-S curves, obtained by least-squares method, showed seasons cycle in the Bay; and missing salinity data can be filled by regression equations of salinity on temperature. (3) Anomalously high temperature water occurred in some years which had two different time patterns. In the upper layer, shallower waters lead in time whereas in the deep water, deeper waters always lead. These two time patterns are believed to be associated with local forcing (weather conditions) and remote forcing (coastal trapped waves) respectively.
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