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Sea Surface Temperature & Water Vapor

Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 1 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 2 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 3 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 4 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 5 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 6 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 7 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 8 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 9 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 10 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 11 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 12 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 13 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 14 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 15 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 16 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 17 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 18 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 19 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 20 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 21 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 22 Global Map Sea Surface Temperature Image 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Sea Surface Temperature
Sea Surface Temperature Scale
Water Vapor
Water Vapor Scale
Global Map Water Vapor Image 1 Global Map Water Vapor Image 2 Global Map Water Vapor Image 3 Global Map Water Vapor Image 4 Global Map Water Vapor Image 5 Global Map Water Vapor Image 6 Global Map Water Vapor Image 7 Global Map Water Vapor Image 8 Global Map Water Vapor Image 9 Global Map Water Vapor Image 10 Global Map Water Vapor Image 11 Global Map Water Vapor Image 12 Global Map Water Vapor Image 13 Global Map Water Vapor Image 14 Global Map Water Vapor Image 15 Global Map Water Vapor Image 16 Global Map Water Vapor Image 17 Global Map Water Vapor Image 18 Global Map Water Vapor Image 19 Global Map Water Vapor Image 20 Global Map Water Vapor Image 21 Global Map Water Vapor Image 22 Global Map Water Vapor Image 23 Global Map Water Vapor Image 24 Global Map Water Vapor Image 25 Global Map Water Vapor Image 26 Global Map Water Vapor Image 27 Global Map Water Vapor Image 28 Global Map Water Vapor Image 29 Global Map Water Vapor Image 30 Global Map Water Vapor Image 31 Global Map Water Vapor Image 32 Global Map Water Vapor Image 33 Global Map Water Vapor Image 34 Global Map Water Vapor Image 35 Global Map Water Vapor Image 36 Global Map Water Vapor Image 37 Global Map Water Vapor Image 38 Global Map Water Vapor Image 39 Global Map Water Vapor Image 40 Global Map Water Vapor Image 41 Global Map Water Vapor Image 42 Global Map Water Vapor Image 43 Global Map Water Vapor Image 44 Global Map Water Vapor Image 45 Global Map Water Vapor Image 46 Global Map Water Vapor Image 47 Global Map Water Vapor Image 48 Global Map Water Vapor Image 49 Global Map Water Vapor Image 50 Global Map Water Vapor Image 51 Global Map Water Vapor Image 52 Global Map Water Vapor Image 53 Global Map Water Vapor Image 54 Global Map Water Vapor Image 55 Global Map Water Vapor Image 56 Global Map Water Vapor Image 57 Global Map Water Vapor Image 58 Global Map Water Vapor Image 59 Global Map Water Vapor Image 60 Global Map Water Vapor Image 61 Global Map Water Vapor Image 62 Global Map Water Vapor 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Water Vapor Image 125 Global Map Water Vapor Image 126 Global Map Water Vapor Image 127 Global Map Water Vapor Image 128 Global Map Water Vapor Image 129 Global Map Water Vapor Image 130 Global Map Water Vapor Image 131 Global Map Water Vapor Image 132 Global Map Water Vapor Image 133 Global Map Water Vapor Image 134 Global Map Water Vapor Image 135 Global Map Water Vapor Image 136 Global Map Water Vapor Image 137 Global Map Water Vapor Image 138 Global Map Water Vapor Image 139 Global Map Water Vapor Image 140 Global Map Water Vapor Image 141 Global Map Water Vapor Image 142 Global Map Water Vapor Image 143 Global Map Water Vapor Image 144 Global Map Water Vapor Image 145 Global Map Water Vapor Image 146 Global Map Water Vapor Image 147 Global Map Water Vapor Image 148 Global Map Water Vapor Image 149 Global Map Water Vapor Image 150 Global Map Water Vapor Image 151 Global Map Water Vapor Image 152 Global Map Water Vapor Image 153 Global Map Water Vapor Image 154 Global Map Water Vapor Image 155 Global Map Water Vapor Image 156 Global Map Water Vapor Image 157 Global Map Water Vapor Image 158 Global Map Water Vapor Image 159 Global Map Water Vapor Image 160 Global Map Water Vapor Image 161 Global Map Water Vapor Image 162 Global Map Water Vapor Image 163 Global Map Water Vapor Image 164 Global Map Water Vapor Image 165 Global Map Water Vapor Image 166 Global Map Water Vapor Image 167 Global Map Water Vapor Image 168 Global Map Water Vapor Image 169 Global Map Water Vapor Image 170 Global Map Water Vapor Image 171 Global Map Water Vapor Image 172 Global Map Water Vapor Image 173 Global Map Water Vapor Image 174 Global Map Water Vapor Image 175 Global Map Water Vapor Image 176 Global Map Water Vapor Image 177 Global Map Water Vapor Image 178 Global Map Water Vapor Image 179 Global Map Water Vapor Image 180 Global Map Water Vapor Image 181 Global Map Water Vapor Image 182 Global Map Water Vapor Image 183 Global Map Water Vapor Image 184 Global Map Water Vapor 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Sea surface temperatures have a large influence on climate and weather. Even changes of just a few degrees Celsius can influence large-scale weather phenomena, such as El Niño or tropical cyclones. One reason for this big influence is that evaporation from the oceans is the primary source of water vapor in the atmosphere. The warmer the water, the greater the evaporation.

These sea surface temperature maps are based on observations by the MODIS sensors on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. The satellites measure the temperature of the top millimeter of the ocean surface. In this map, the coolest waters appear in blue (approximately -2 degrees Celsius), and the warmest temperatures appear in pink-yellow (35 degrees Celsius). Landmasses and the large area of sea ice around Antarctica appear in shades of gray, indicating no data were collected.

The water vapor maps show the total amount of water vapor in the column of air between the surface and the top of the atmosphere on average for the month. The observations were made by the MODIS sensor on NASA's Aqua satellite. Places where the air was dry are white, while places where water vapor was abundant are blue.

The most obvious relationship between sea surface temperature and water vapor is that both are driven by seasonal changes; both increase in the hemisphere experiencing summer. Seasonal changes in water vapor, however, are more evident over land, and this results largely from changes in land surface temperature. Landmasses — especially large ones like Eurasia — experience more extreme seasonal temperature changes than oceans experience.

View, download, or analyze more of these data from NASA Earth Observations (NEO):
Sea Surface Temperature
Water Vapor