Return of the BLOB; aka Marine Heat Wave // Sep 25, 2019
In 2014 a phenomena appeared on which there is no history. The ocean temperature off the west coast of North America rose and destroyed marine diversity and wreaked havoc on weather patterns around the globe. Known as the “BLOB”, this voracious spot raised water temperatures in the North Pacific between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius (7-8 F), killing off humpback whales, Pacific cod, and huge numbers of birds, among other creatures.
Is the BLOB, otherwise known as a Marine Heat Wave (MHW) back to torture us? Water temperature is thus far up 2.8 degrees C.
Marine Heat Waves Resulting in Severe Consequences: BLOB 2.0 // Sep 26, 2019
I continue chatting on the new “BLOB”, this voracious spot of very high water temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean, otherwise known as a Marine Heat Wave (MHW). As abrupt climate change accelerates, the heating is highly non uniform across the planet. Most people know that Arctic Warming is 3x to 5x faster than the global average, but not that:
- land is warming 2x faster than oceans
- mountain regions 2x to 3x faster
- western ocean boundary currents 2x to 3x faster than the overall ocean.
Ref: ‘THE BLOB EXPLAINED – WHAT IS THE BLOB?‘
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