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Beware "The Blob"

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No! Not Killary in her latest moomoo...

Gigantic heat anomaly brewing in the Pacific threatens a return of 'the Blob'



Carly Cassella
Science Alert
Mon, 09 Sep 2019 07:27 UTC






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A menacing heatwave is brewing in the Pacific Ocean, and it's got scientists worrying about the return of 'the Blob'.

Roughly five years ago, a huge patch of unusually warm ocean water appeared off the coast of North America, stretching from Mexico's Baja California Peninsula all the way up to Alaska.

It was nicknamed the Blob, after a horror film monster that consumes everything in sight. The heatwave, which lasted for several years, was an equally indiscriminate killer.

According to estimates, during this time the southern coast of Alaska lost more than 100 million Pacific cod. Thousands of seabirds were found washed up on the shore, and about half a million were decimated in total. In one year alone, populations of humpback whales dropped by 30 percent. Salmon, sea lions, krill, and other marine animals also vanished in astonishing numbers, as toxic algae bloomed.

The Blob caused ecosystems and industries alike immense losses - so much so that researchers from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are now closely tracking these events.

The current heatwave, they say, has not only popped up in the same area, it's grown in much the same way and is almost the same size.

Side by side, a comparison of both their early stages is ominous. Like the blob, the current marine heat wave emerged only a few months ago, as the winds that cool the ocean's surface began to die down.

"Given the magnitude of what we saw last time, we want to know if this evolves on a similar path," says marine ecologist Chris Harvey from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.



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Researchers tracking the phenomenon say the patch of ocean water is now roughly five degrees Fahrenheit above normal - just a degree or two less than temperatures during the last Blob.

Deep upwells of cold water have kept the heat wave from reaching the shore, but officials predict the event will likely have an impact on coastal ecosystems sometime this Northern Hemisphere fall.

"It's on a trajectory to be as strong as the prior event," says Andrew Leising, who developed a system for tracking and measuring marine heatwaves for NOAA.

"Already, on its own, it is one of the most significant events that we've seen."

In fact, according to records, which go back to 1981, it's the second largest marine heatwave ever recorded. And it comes just years after the last one.

Still, not all heatwaves are the same and these blobs are hard to predict. As quickly as they can emerge, they can also dissipate. Scientists say there's still a chance that weather patterns will change and that the current patch of warm water will cool down, but they're keeping their eye on it.

Research suggests that blobs and similar events are becoming more common worldwide. Earth's oceans are being heated at an unprecedented rate due to climate change, but currently it's hard to say if or how this shorter event is tied to deeper alterations.

"It's not clear to me that there's a simple link between persistence of this weather pattern and longer-term climate change," fisheries ecologist Nate Mantua told The Guardian.

"There might be. It's still an evolving field and there are a lot of open questions."

For now, researchers at NOAA are focused on tracking, predicting and mitigating the effects of marine heatwaves. During the last Blob, for instance, many whales died by getting trapped in fishing nets, as the animals moved closer to shore to avoid the warmer waters.

If fisheries and ecologists can work together, researchers hope we might be able to reduce some of the losses in the future. In the end, though, our control of the situation is pretty limited.

"There are definitely concerning implications for the ecosystem," says NOAA meteorologist Nick Bond, who is credited with naming the Blob.

"It's all a matter of how long it lasts and how deep it goes."
 

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I thought you were talking about this guy but noticed the thread wasn't in politics sub forums.


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Global warming has many facets. How much should we tax the oceans?
Thankfully I haven't seen him in a moomoo...yet. I did hear he will soon be getting a custom wardrobe from Omar - Tent Maker to the Stars!
 

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Have no fear, Steve McQueen will save the day!

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This movie was a classic which everyone in my generation has seen many time. This was also the worst movie Steve McQueen ever played in. Even the greats need to pay their dues before they become great!
 
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That was in 1958 and folks back then just didn't know any better.

Today we fix The Blob up with a mobility cart and send him to wallys for the BIG bag of chips.
 

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That was in 1958 and folks back then just didn't know any better.

Today we fix The Blob up with a mobility cart and send him to wallys for the BIG bag of chips.
^^^^Quoted for Truth^^^^
 

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To gim.org Thank-you for being part of the solution!

We are organizing for smaller doors at walmart. If you are wider than 4 feet ya can't get in.
 

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To gim.org Thank-you for being part of the solution!

We are organizing for smaller doors at walmart. If you are wider than 4 feet ya can't get in.
You mean smaller than this??

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Back to the OP...

Doesnt radiation release heat as it decays?

Isnt Fukushima dumping copious amounts of radiation into the Pacific?

Doesnt the Pacific have a current that tends to push materials into a certain spot (thinking about the plastic patch)?

Makes sense to me that the heat is coming from all the radiation...

There is an obvious hole in my theory - namely that it doesnt fit the facts of the temperatures in 2015, or 2016, or 2017...etc... but those are just details...
 

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Didn't the so-called scientists, the last time, say this was a result of deep sea geothermal vents outputting a larger than usual volume of heated water corresponding with the increase of tectonic seismic activity?
 

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This is alarming. Where do I send the check?
Send me the check. I'll tell ya the truth. This is total bullshit hype. I am at the Orygun coast 4 months of the year (15 Jun thru 15 Oct) EVERY year since 2004..
The ocean has varied, as it should, but not by much. This year we do have a bit warmer water, BECAUSE THE EARTH CYCLES.
On another note of bullshit hype, I have eaten RAW tuna for most of my life & I am 77 years old/young LOLOLOL. In fact I had sashimi (raw tuna) tonight AND I am going tuna fishing in the morning. I have YET TO GLOW !!!!
I have posted photos of all of this for many years.
WE ARE BEING LIED TO AND MANIPULATED by the gov. & the complicit scientists!!!
Yes, I know that your post was sarcasm. :2 thumbs up:
 

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poor old Taezz,

doesn't understand how modern meteorology works,
boots on the ground is considered insufficient evidence of anything,

you see, we have these Algo's and computers and stuff,
we can plug in 'data' points, whiz, bang, whir and out pops the results,

accurate to the nth degree

compared to that nonsense of looking out your window to tell me if it is raining..........

good grief man, my little computer will tell me if it is raining or not, and a helluva lot more accurately

so yes, the Blob is inbound,

life as we know it will cease to exist in 12 yrs give or take

my computer modeling tells me so