PORTLAND, Maine (AP)- Ocean temperatures off the northeast United States have reached a record high.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that the average sea surface temperature for the Northeast continental shelf ecosystem, from North Carolina to Maine, was a little over 50.5 degrees for the first half of 2012. The previous record high for the first six months of a year was set in 1951.
Scientists at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center say the warming temperatures impact virtually all ocean life. Atlantic cod, for instance, have been shifting northeast from their historical distribution center in recent years because of warming waters.
Scientist Kevin Friedland of the fisheries science center says it's unclear if the temperature rise will continue for the long term or is a short-term anomaly.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:26:02 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children after a tornado devastated suburban Oklahoma City and officials say the searchMore
Emergency crews combed the sticks and rubble remains of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday morning less than a day after a massive tornado slammed through the community, flattening homes and demolishing an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected to climb.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:20 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:20:00 GMT
SEAFORD, Del.- Authorities say a woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger collided with a pickup truck in Seaford late Monday afternoon. Seaford police said that shortlyMore
Authorities say a woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger collided with a pickup truck in Seaford late Monday afternoon.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:03:41 GMT
SALISBURY, Md.- A former gym teacher who taught at Beaver Run Elementary School in Salisbury was on trial Monday in a "Peeping Tom" case.Jeffrey Brabitz appeared in Wicomico County Circuit Court on chargesMore
A former gym teacher who taught at Beaver Run Elementary School in Salisbury was on trial Monday in a "Peeping Tom" case.More
Monday, May 20 2013 2:38 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:38:55 GMT
HARRINGTON,Del.- Harrington police arrested a 42-year-old Smyrna male over the weekend, charging him with his fifth DUI offense.On Saturday, while patrolling Route 13, officers say that they stoppedMore
Harrington police say a weekend traffic stop has led to a 53-year-old woman being charged with her 5th offense DUI.More