Recent headlines downplay the importance of this super-heated water by calling it a “warm blob,” but this particular blob – which covers one million square miles! – can help explain the deceptive claims of “warmest year on record.”
It could also trigger the next ice age.
Pacific Ocean far warmer than normal – NOT our fault
By Robert W. Felix
Record heat on the West Coast, record cold and snow on the East Coast, fish swimming into new waters, and hungry seals washing up on California beaches.
All of this and more can be blamed on a huge ‘blob’ of warm water off the West Coast, about 1 to 4 degrees Celsius (2 to 7 F) above normal, says a University of Washington news release.
Discovered in the fall of 2013, the area of super-heated water is roughly 1,000 miles in each direction, about 300 feet deep, and is about 3°C (5°F) warmer normal for that part of the Pacific ocean, according to Bond.
Bond, who coined the term “the blob” last June in his monthly newsletter as Washington state climatologist, said as air passes over the huge patch of warm water it brings more heat and less snow to coastal areas, which helped cause drought conditions in California, Oregon and Washington.
Brings very cold, wet air to the central and eastern states
The blob’s influence may reach much farther inland– possibly including the last two brutal winters in the eastern U.S.
Hartmann found a decadal-scale pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean and North Pacific that brings warm and dry air to the West Coast and very cold, wet air to the central and eastern states.
In a blog post last month, Hartmann focused on the winter of 2014-15 and argued that, once again, the root cause was surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific.
Second only to El Niño
That pattern seems to have become stronger since about 1980, and lately become second only to El Niño in its influence on global weather patterns, says Hartmann.
Today, the blob is still out there, “squished up against the coast and extending about 1,000 miles offshore from Mexico up through Alaska, with water about 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than normal.”
Not exactly a small “blob”
The media may call it a “blob,” but please note that the “warm anomaly” is not only 1,000 miles wide, it is also 1,000 miles long.
Multiply 1,000 by 1,000, and you come to the startling realization that this monster patch of warmer-than-normal water covers one-million square miles.
Enabling “warmest year on record” pronouncements
I think NASA is using this huge area of super-heated water to bolster its deceptive “warmest year on record” pronouncements.
How did NASA and NOAA come up with those claims? Because both of these politically motivated entities use globally averaged temperature taken over both the land and the oceans.
Yes, both the land and the oceans.
Look at a globe. The world’s oceans cover almost 71% of our planet. No wonder the numbers are skewed.
Parts of the oceans now warmest on record –
and again, it is NOT caused by humans
But it gets worse. Not only are large portions of the oceans much warmer than normal, they are the warmest on record, according this map from NOAA. (The areas in bright red are the warmest on record, says NOAA.)
Bond, along with co-authors Meghan Cronin, Nate Mantua and Howard Freeland, believe the warm anomaly was created when a high-pressure system got stuck over the blob’s location, allowing the ocean water to stay calmer and warmer.
But I’m more inclined to agree with geologist James Kamis, who thinks the blob has all the characteristics of a megaplume. Megaplumes are massive underwater vents – underwater volcanoes, in other words – that spew vast amounts of heat into the ocean.
Kamis thinks the giant cell of warm water, heated by submarine volcanoes, is altering normal California climate patterns and inducing a long term drought.
Not only do I agree with Kamis, but I take it one step further. I fear that this super-heated cell of warm water could lead us into the next ice age.
And that is exactly what I say in Not by Fire but by Ice.
As underwater volcanoes heat the seas, ever more moisture rises into the skies. If those skies have been cooled by above-water volcanoes – presto! – you have the recipe for a new ice-age.
Warmer seas and colder skies . . . a deadly combination.
University of Washington News Release
Two new studies show that global warming is not behind California drought
A 1,000 Mile Stretch Of The Pacific Ocean Has Heated Up Several Degrees And Scientists Don’t Know Why
Collapse of the food chain in the Pacific Ocean
Collapse of the food chain in the Pacific Ocean
NOAA’s Blended Land and Ocean Temps Map – Larger Image
Image – Generation of deep-ocean megaplume
Thanks to Roger Oomkens, Richard Tate, C. Thaxter, Stanislav Lem and Brian Payne for these links
“Just finished your book “Not by Fire but by Ice,” says Richard. “A really good read.”
Then almost like fate, I see this article about a huge area of the Pacific rapidly heating up as of the last two years………”