Friday, August 21, 2015

This is Getting Crazy: 'Godzilla' El Nino versus The Blob

The major weather systems developing in the Pacific Ocean are very complex. It's like massive money printing being balanced out by major gains in productivity and very strong desires to hold cash. Who really knows what will break when?

CBC News reports:
For many drought-weary Californians, it has become the 'Great Wet Hope.' Bill Patzert, a climatologist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, has given it a less enthusiastic nickname.
"This is the Godzilla El Nino," Patzert says. "This potentially could be the El Nino of our generation."
El Nino is the term for a massive patch of warm water that appears in the Equatorial Pacific every few years, affecting weather patterns across the world. Typically, its appearance means more rain on the Pacific coast and a milder winter east of the Rockies.
"Places that are normally dry get extremely wet, and of course that would include the American west," Patzert says. "So we're kayaking down the street in Los Angeles, and they're playing golf in February in Minneapolis."
Climatologists suspected El Nino was coming. Now they're predicting it'll be even bigger than they thought.
"A large El Nino like we saw in 1997 and 1982 has a big impact not only on the U.S. and Canada, but (also) all over the planet," Patzert says. "The signal that we see in the Pacific from space is actually larger than it was in August of 1997."
In 1997, a massive El Nino brought floods, mudslides and hurricanes. In California it killed 17 people and caused half a billion dollars of damage.
Climatologists say don't buy that ark now … they've been wrong before. El Ninos are hard to predict, and this year, something is making it even trickier.

Unusually warm temperatures have been dominating three areas of the North Pacific: the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and an area off Southern California. The darker the red, the higher the sea's surface temperature is above average . (NOAA)

Lurking out in the North Pacific there's a different mass of warm water, like El Nino but in a different place, known as the Blob.

"The Blob is a result of a high pressure system that has parked itself in the Gulf of Alaska for the past few years that has driven the polar jet stream north into northern Canada," Patzert says, "and then it plunged rapidly out of northern Canada into the American midwest and northeast. And so the result was hot dry winters on the west coast, and fierce winters with heavy snow pack in the midwest."

Now climatologists are wondering what will happen when these two opposite systems collide.

Patzert says it's kind of like a bad '50s horror movie: 'Godzilla' El Nino versus The Blob.

"The Blob is still there. It's very strong, very large, but it's relatively shallow," Patzert says. "So it's the Blob — which is a drought pattern — versus the El Nino, which is a drenching pattern."

What actually happens depends on where the El Nino peaks and when it fades.

It could be historic, Patzert says. Or it could be not much of anything at all.

.  -RW


  1. How can El Nino's be hard to predict? Aren't we suppose to believe from the AGW debate that our climatologist have models that can forecast the weather +50 years into the future? Why don't they use those models which should have no problem forecasting only a few months into the future?

    Its really sad too that all this could be avoided if congress would get off their butts and vote to give government more power and new taxes. lol

  2. All of these overdone descriptions of "unprecedented" weather events are a smokescreen. There is no natural weather. Startpage geoengineering, weather warfare, etc. Countries like China and Russia don't hide the ball on their capabilities I these areas like they try to here.

    1. Agreed, however, the claims of 'no one knows what is going to happen' are all too real.

  3. Could the blob have anything to do with fukishima?