A mass of warm water known as “The blob’ has been causing weather anomalies in the Pacific coast of the US for over a year now, and scientists are still stumped as to the blob’s origin. Spanning one thousand miles across and measuring three hundred feet deep, the blob has been persisting off of the West coast since the Fall of 2013. The warmer air coming from the Pacific has been blamed for the arid conditions in California, as well as the wildfire situation in the Pacific Northwest—the first wildfires in that area in recorded history. It is not only to blame for the weather anomalies in the West coast; it has been causing the cold downpours affecting the East as well.
The origin of the blob is a source of debate. One study concluded the weather anomaly occurred as a high-pressure ridge calmed the waters of the Pacific, causing less winter cooling. Other sources have even tried to blame radiation from Fukushima for the event. Whatever the cause, the effects have been staggering.