Q:
Is the Pacific ocean warmer than the Atlantic? Or is the Atlantic warmer than the Pacific?

Brianne Ghosh, Grade 5
Chandler, Arizona, USA

A:
It is hard to say that one ocean is warmer than the other. Both the Atlantic and the Pacific are huge bodies of water and the temperatures change depending on where you are. Take the Pacific Ocean, for example: If you are at the beach in California, the Pacific is pretty cold all year round, in the 50s and 60s, usually not getting above 67 or 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. But, if you look at temperatures for the Pacific Ocean closer to Australia or Samoa, the temperatures are much warmer, in the 70s and 80s! Here are a couple of websites to look at. The first one is a map that shows you the different ocean temperatures around the world. The parts in red, orange, and yellow are the warmest water and those in blue and purple are the coldest water: http://orbit-net.nesdis.noaa.gov/orad/sub/sst_anomaly_2m.html.

This second site tells you what the ocean temperatures are around the world by clicking on the location that you want. You can click on different locations around the United States or anywhere in the world to see what the temperature is all year round: http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/index.html.