Passing over the north central Gulf coast in October 2015, the remnants of Hurricane Patricia flushed estuarine waters from Mobile Bay onto the continental shelf during typical fall conditions of low freshwater input and well-mixed waters. A collaborative paper from the GoMRI consortia CONCORDE and ACER, led by Dr. Brian Dzwonkowski, describes variations in physical and biogeochemical measurements that distinguish onshore waters impacted by the flushing and non-impacted offshore waters. Higher production in onshore waters suggests this type of flushing, also seen in episodic cold fronts, might sustain populations during conditions of low freshwater flow.

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