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Ocean Surface Topography from Space
Warmer Water From the American Coast to the International Date Line
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August 21, 1997

In August, the white area of sea level 5 to 12 inches above normal (and warmer than normal by 3-5 degrees Fahrenheit) extended from the American coast to the International Date Line.

Near Australia, the purple area of sea level well below (5 to 12 inches below) average was growing with time. Ocean temperatures in this region were unusually low. Under these conditions, the oceans provided less moisture and energy to the atmosphere and thus contributed to drought conditions in Australia and Indonesia.

Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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