COMPARISON OF ANALYZED SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES WITH OBSERVED DATA (JAN.-FEB. 1966).
NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE NSTL STATION MS
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Six hundred and sixty-six sea surface temperature SST measurements acquired aboard the USNS JAMES M. GILLISS T-AGOR-4 during January - February 1966 were compared to values interpolated from synoptic SST analyses prepared by the Naval Oceanographic Office NAVOCEANO and the Fleet Numerical Weather Facility FNWF and to climatological averages for the same period. Observational area was the western North Atlantic. None of the analyses duplicated the observed distribution to a notable degree, although major trends were indicated correctly in every case. NAVOCEANOs subjectively prepared synoptic analysis was the only one to position and scale strong gradients, or fronts, successfully this analysis also had the least absolute error and standard deviation. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography