Apr 22, 2015

Blob of warm Pacific water threatens ecosystem, may intensify drought

United States
by
Steve Almasy, Dave Hennen and Jennifer Gray
,
CNN
A blob of warm water 2 000 miles across is sitting in the Pacific. Photo:  NOAA, NCDC
A blob of warm water 2 000 miles across is sitting in the Pacific. Photo: NOAA, NCDC

Marine life seen swimming in unusual places. Water temperatures warmer than they should be. No snow where there should be feet of it. Some scientists are saying "The Blob" could be playing a factor. A University of Washington climate scientist and his associates have been studying the blob -- a huge area of unusually warm water in the Pacific -- for months...Bond, who gave the blob its name, said it was 1,000 miles long, 1,000 miles wide and 100 yards deep in 2014 -- and it has grown this year.