Marine Science

La Jolla News Nuggets

La Jolla News Nuggets

Ocean temp: Bad news from Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) reported a sea-surface temperature of 79.4 degrees at Scripps Pier on Aug. 5, the highest in all 102 years of measuring. It surpassed the previous record of 78.4°F set on July 30, 1931 during an unusually warm period that year.

The new record followed a string of days in which individual daily records of sea surface and seafloor temperatures were also broken. According to SIO, this is how global warming will play out: Records related to heat and intense weather will become easier to break thanks to man-made climate change adding about 1.8°F to ocean temperatures over the past...