Scientists believe the severe drought conditions in California and the brutal cold conditions in the east could be down to a ‘blob’ of warm water lurking down the West Coast. The studied patch of warm water has been found to be 2 to 7 degrees warmer than normal, noticed sometime in the fall of 2013 and early months of 2014.

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Nick Bond leading a team of scientists from the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean points out that after months of studies and observations. The mass of water was found to get warmer even when spring came calling; the hottest that was ever recorded for the area. After further analysis scientists discovered, the blob was 3 degrees warmer than typical ocean waters.

The blob is not only affecting the climate of the various part of the country but has been found to have severe effects on marine life. Fish on the West coast have been found to swim to unusual places affirming suggestions that the ecosystem continues to suffer as the warm Pacific Ocean water continues to disrupt the food web.

The expansion of the blob is believed to be the main cause of the 1,500 starving sea lion pups and the decline in copepods, as well as the ongoing change in environmental patterns. The blob was not formed by global warming, affirms the scientist but continues to produce conditions and effects synonymous with global warming. The blob influence has also been found to extend inland resulting in unusual weather patterns.

Bond attests that the patch of water that is 1,000 miles in each direction and 300 feet deep was the main cause of Washington’s mild 2014 winter conditions that might signal a warmer summer. The blob has also been attributed to the persistent high-pressure ridge thought to be the main cause of a calmer ocean over the past two winters.

38 Responses

  1. Ocean Garbage

    The increase temperature is due to the large Pacific garbage patch floating in the upper water column of the pacific gyre. It’s mostly plastic with some chemical sludge and other debris mixed in. This material needs to be cleaned up and the temperature will go down enough to bring back the rains and ease harsh east coast winters (at least in the short term). The scope of effort to do the cleanup is monumental…

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  2. Ken3580

    China emits twice the greenhouse gasses of the United States. I wonder if this blob of warm water has migrated over from the warmed south China sea. Perhaps we should run a computer model, and if the model fits, send the bill to China.

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  3. Feudi Pandola

    Underwater Rosicrucian empire has finally been discovered. Tom Cruise announces he is the King of Earth next week and his Queen is Johni Travolta…

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  4. Mike Smith

    This is obviously the work of satanic extraterrestrial alien life plotting the demise of the world starting in California.

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  5. franklingray

    Sounds to me like heat is escaping the seabed in the form of hot gasses. This is not a good sign for CA. May turn CA into AZ and if so, it will create an even more pressure on their spending as cries for large watermakers to be built will come. The smart ones will move…I just hope not to Texas 🙂

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    • Mike Smith

      Right, well, we all hope we don’t have to move to Texas.

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    • Ken3580

      Hot gasses? It sounds to me more like Hillary Clinton and her campaign strategists went swimming there and let out some of their “hot air.”

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  6. Pravitus Gadabout

    Highly scientific? It’s not a “region” or “area”, it’s a blob ?

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  7. Bryan

    I’m not sure how anyone hasn’t connected the dots on this yet but it’s most likely a hole in the ozone. There’s a few of them now from what they believe is the start of the magnetic poles changing positon and probably some man made interference.

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  8. Retina McCormack

    Drag some icebergs into it – we do have that technology – do we not?

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    • Trom

      Unless they drug a lot of massive iceberg’s It wouldn’t have much effect. It takes a lot of Ice to cool down water even in an isolated system (energy is not entering or leaving the system). This blob is 300feet deep by 1000 miles wide. If you model it as a perfect cylinder its over 180 thousand miles^3 of water. Even 1 thousand miles^3 of ice would have almost no effect.

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      • Retina McCormack

        Great way to paint a picture of the size of this thing – much appreciated.

      • Moises Lozano

        Actually 44.8 cubic miles. Take your radius as 500 miles.

    • Joe

      No, we do not have the technology to do that. If we did the effect would be far more sever than the problem it is to alleviate. The amount of ice required to change the temperature of several thousand cubic miles of sea water a few degrees would severely disrupt the salinity of that region.

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      • Retina McCormack

        Thanks Joe – I had forgotten the salinity factor – that is a factor in generating current – yes? Wasn’t implying my suggestion was ‘gospel’ just fishing for possibilities – thanks for your polite response.

    • inverse137

      drop 4 ice cubes in a swimming pool and see how much the temperature drops.

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      • Retina McCormack

        Drop an iceberg the “size of Manhattan” into that pool and watch what happens jagov…

      • KrustyKardashian

        Drop it from space and everyone dies….

  9. Aaron Levesque

    Climate scientists have been saying that ocean temperatures are the larger concern for years now. Apparently the media has ignored this until now we have a perfect example of exactly why it is ocean temperatures, not air temperatures, that are the greater indicator of climate change.

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    • rrgg

      Did you read the article? “the blob was not formed by global warjming”

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      • 0-e^(i*pi)

        Did *you* read the article? The article didn’t say the “blob was not formed by global warjming [sic.]. In fact, the article didn’t say one way or the other.

        And Aaron is correct that a major concern for climate scientists is how global warming will affect ocean temperatures and currents in both the atmosphere and the ocean.

      • Ronnie and Linda

        Did you read the article? It absolutely said it was not caused by global warming.

      • Ken3580

        How do they know? Much of this is still conjecture.

  10. Colleen Stameshkin

    Please get someone who knows how to read and edit to write your stories and especially, your headlines! Right now, it clearly says the opposite of what you want it to say.

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    • Aaron Levesque

      Obviously not a native English speaker, cut them some slack.

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      • Randomwalk

        The headline perplexed me as well and you make a good observation. Makes a good case for at least one reviewer; in this case there appears to be no reviewer.

    • Trom

      How so? ”
      Strange blob of warm water on west coast attributed to severe California drought”
      The article is about an area of warm water that they believe may be the cause or at least adds to the drought.

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      • Aaron Levesque

        It should have correctly read: California drought attributed to strange blob of warm water, otherwise this is saying that the blob of water was caused by the drought, not the other way around.

      • curly4

        Yep and the change of one word would have made the headlines true. If they had used Contributed to instead of attributed to all would have been correct.

      • Trom

        Check your dictionary again. Both ways are correct.

        regard a quality or feature as characteristic of or possessed by (someone or something).
        “ancient peoples attributed magic properties to certain stones”

    • Trom

      Not without unwanted consequences such as changing the ocean currents.

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    • Kenneth Dreger

      Tell Gov Moonbeam to stop sending all that fresh water down into the Ocean!

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