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Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Maurice P. Lynch, Elizabeth C. Krome
State of the Chesapeake Bay Second Annual Monitoring Report Compendium
Chesapeake Research Consortium
CRC Publication No. 125
Water temperature, which has been measured from the pier at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) since 1946, has shown a steady upward trend since 1975-1976. This trend has been most dramatic during the fall-winter period, with October and November of 1984 and 1985 being two of the warmest periods in the 30-year record. The fall of 1985 was the warmest in 30 years. Winter (January-March) temperatures have also shown a steady rise since the record cold January-February of 1977-1978.
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