THE BLOB Seems to Be Disappearing at the Surface – But Will It Reemerge?

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

Sad to say, I suspect it may reemerge at the surface…maybe not as strong as in the past, but I don’t think it’s going to disappear completely in 2016. I hope my suspicions are wrong, though.

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We first discussed an unusual hotspot in the sea surface temperature anomalies of the eastern extratropical North Pacific two and a half years ago in the August 2013 post appropriately titled About the Unusual Warming Event in the Extratropical North Pacific Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies. That large pocket of elevated sea surface temperatures was later given the nickname “The Blob” by Nick Bond of JISAO. Since that first post, we’ve discussed it numerous times, along with its impacts on global surface temperatures:

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