Fact Check: Gulf of Mexico heat anomaly Youtube video
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Well over 20,000 people have watched a youtube video that shows a map of the Gulf of Mexico. It points to an area to the South East of Corpus Christi located in the water where temperature reads 133 degrees.
The video sounds like an official weather report, but it’s not. Not even close. In fact, we took the information to Rick Coffin, a professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He chairs the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. He told us that temperature reading is not even possible. The youtube video that shows a volcano in the Gulf is a hoax.
“You’ve got to step back, and you’ve got to think about it rationally without the excitement. 133 degrees. That’s impossible!” said Coffin.
Coffin not only chairs the department at the university, but he’s also done his own investigations. He went to Hawaii to dive underwater to investigate a volcano. He’s explored many parts of the Gulf of Mexico and all over the world.
In his more than 30 years of experience, he says, “ the water temperatures run 75 to 80 degrees, so 50 degrees above it is insane.”
He understands, though, how easy it is to get carried away in the excitement of weather anomalies. He says someone not familiar with the field may not know which readings are normal for different areas since the underwater world is not well known and differs from place to place.
Coffin says one hot water spot of 133 degrees does not make sense. If there was a spot of hot water, the water around it would also be warmer, but that ‘s not what youtube map shows.
Coffin says the likely culprit is broken equipment.
“I think that maybe some temperature gage that’s out there at a station is malfunctioning,” he said.
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