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PMEL Researchers Monitor Unusually Warm Surface Water in Northeast Pacific

Difference in sea surface temperature in May 2014 compared to average temperatures during the month of May from 1981-2010. (Figure from NOAA ESRL)

June 16, 2014

Researchers at PMEL and JISAO are monitoring an area of warm surface water that has been occupying the Northeast Pacific near Ocean Climate Station Papa buoy.  This mass of water, nicknamed “The Blob”, was about 3 degrees Celsius warmer than normal in February and is maintaining its abnormal heat into the summer.  The warm water has implications for the marine ecosystem and could affect the weather in the Pacific Northwest.  Past summers with especially warm water off the coast have tended to be warmer and more humid than usual.

To check out the latest conditions with The Blob, visit the Ocean Climate Station Papa buoy page.