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Eyes Over Puget Sound: Surface Conditions Report — September 12, 2019

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19-03-075September 2019
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Author(s) Krembs, Christopher
Description This year, air temperatures were warmer than in previous years, and this temperature pattern is predicted to continue. Precipitation was low and is now improving, yet river flows remain low. By August, Puget Sound surface water temperatures were 0.6 °C warmer across all regions; this could have shifted the timing of optimal temperatures for marine organisms.

In September, blooms are limited to inlets. Jellyfish are abundant in Sinclair Inlet, and anchovies reside in Eld Inlet.

Macroalgae are still plentiful. Learn about the benefits of this macroalgae when it washes up on shore. Mats of macroalgae, seaweed, and other debris (also called beach wrack) provide shelter and food for many marine critters.

Last month, our Ecology scientists contributed to a “global biodiversity library.” Learn more about this ongoing DNA barcoding project in this month’s issue of Eyes Over Puget Sound.
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Keywords marine water monitoring, EOPS, Marine Flights, marine beaches, marine monitoring, marine issues, science, marine waters, Eyes Over Puget Sound, Hood Canal, puget sound watershed, Puget Sound, marine
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