Researchers have spotted a strange anomaly, which they believe is causing weird weather patterns across USA.
The strange anomaly is a patch of unusually warm water lurking along the West Coast of the United States and it may be responsible for all sorts of recent weird weather. Researchers believe that it is behind the Californian droughts and even extreme cold weather on the Eastern coast of US.
Nick Bond, a climate scientist for the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, said, “We started noticing the blob between the fall of 2013 and the early months of 2014. After doing some observations, we realized that the mass of water wasn’t cooling off as it usually did. When spring of 2014 rolled in, the blob even became warmer – the hottest ever recorded for that area in that time of year.”
The nickname ‘blob’ was given to this warm water anomaly by Bond. The blob was described as stretching 1,000 miles in every direction and going as deep as 300 feet.
According to the researchers, the blob was last spotted off Washington’s shores, squished against the coast while extending 1,000 miles offshore between Mexico and Alaska. The researchers added that the weather models are indicating that the blob will continue to exist until at least the end of 2015.
According to the researchers, the blob was 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than is typical for the area and may have contributed to the state’s abnormally warm and dry winter. The past winter and several more months of research confirmed their suspicion.
Along with the weather, the blob is also affecting the marine life in the oceans. The fish in the West Coast were swimming to unusual places, supporting recent findings that ecosystems are suffering and warm, less nutritious Pacific Ocean water is disrupting the food web. However, the researchers have added that the ‘blob’ wasn’t caused by global warming.
“This is a taste of what the ocean will be like in future decades. It wasn’t caused by global warming, but it’s producing conditions that we think are going to be more common with global warming,” added Bond.