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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
DECEMBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 6
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Temperature anomaly
A record in August 2012

Since 1985, for all of Canada, satellite data of water temperature has been collected daily. In August 2012, usually the warmest month of the year, the data revealed that the surface water of the Gulf of St. Lawrence was 2 °C warmer than normal. This sets a new record. In fact, the average temperature of surface water in August is 15.3 °C, whereas in 2012, it was 17.3 °C.

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Temperature anomaly
Temperature anomaly
Un crevettier en opération au Québec.

It is interesting to note the relationship between water temperature and air temperature. It is therefore not surprising to see that air temperature in the Gulf was 2.3 °C above normal last August. What is surprising is that this temperature is the highest since data collection began in 1945! In fact, the combined air temperatures for July, August and September 2012 were the warmest in at least 67 years. It is therefore likely that the record water temperature also dates back to that period.

Peter S. Galbraith and Pierre Larouche
Science

Open HOUSE at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute
Open HOUSE at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute

From October 19 to 21, 2013, more than 1000 people visited 20 kiosks at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli. Visitors were able to see the link between the work done by the research centre's teams and their own day-to-day life activities.