The return of ‘The Blob’ ready to play havoc with Northwest weather

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TRI CITY HERALD – PAUL KRUPIN – It’s almost as if the Earth knows that it is almost Halloween.

A scary oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon, christened “The Blob” by Washington climatologist Nick Bond some five years ago, has returned.

First observed in the northeastern Pacific Ocean in late 2013, the blob is a large area of warm water with temperatures 3 to 4 degrees above long-term averages.

It persisted for about three years, and scientists believe it to be the cause of problems to the environment and economy of the Northwest and beyond.

Posted by: Paul Krupin, Special to the Herald, October 28, 2018 01:32 PM, Updated October 28, 2018 06:53 PM

Picture: Courtesy of – Date from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows surface temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean as of Oct. 26. A phenomenon of warm ocean water in the North Pacific, called “The Blob,” played havoc with the regions weather for about four years starting in 2013. It has returned.