Global Chimney in the Pacific
January 9, 2014 | National Science Foundation
"Although few people live in the Western tropical Pacific Ocean region, the remote waters there affect billions of people by shaping climate and air chemistry worldwide.
Next week, scientists will head to the region to better understand its influence on the atmosphere--including how that influence may change in coming decades if storms over the Pacific become more powerful with rising global temperatures." Quoted from the NSF press release.
Coastal Water Temperature Map
May 17, 2013 | NOAA
NOAA has published a Google Map that displays near-real-time coastal water temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for hundreds of locations around the United States.
Spring 2012 Earliest on Record
May 22, 2013 | USGS
"March 2012 set records for warm temperatures that promoted early leafing and flowering across large areas of the United States." Quoted from the USGS press release.