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Eyes Over Puget Sound: Surface Conditions Report – May 2, 2016

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16-03-073May 2016
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Author(s) Krembs, C.
Description Spring air temperatures are higher - it has been sunny and dry. The snowpack is quickly disappearing as temperatures are up to 7 °F warmer at higher elevations. Snowmelt-fed rivers are running very high. How does this affect water quality in Puget Sound? A strong spring phytoplankton bloom extends across Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Water temperatures are still higher than normal and jellyfish are already numerous in southern inlets. The high biological activity is causing organic material to drift at the surface and wash onto beaches. Do you know how fast a Sand Star can move?
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Keywords marine waters, Hood Canal, Puget Sound, dissolved oxygen
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