California Drought Report #16

I first wrote about the Blob In CA Drought Report #8 HERE.  Now we learn from Bob Tisdale that the Blob is associated with the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge which I wrote about at CA Drought Report #15 HERE.

The BlobBob Tisdale a highly respected climate observer writes at Watts Up With That:

The Blob is a naturally occurring weather event. Along with another natural event, the El Niño of 2014/15, The Blob caused the reportedly record-high global surface temperatures in 2014. The Blob is coupled with an atmospheric phenomenon known as the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge. The Blob and the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge have enhanced the drought in California and are responsible for the reported high surface temperatures there as well. Likewise, they are also said to be major contributors to cold weather and snow in the eastern U.S.

The sea surfaces of the North Pacific hadn’t warmed for nearly 2.5 decades and then warmed unexpectedly in 2013 and 2014. The sea surfaces of The Blob region according to NOAA’s long-term data show no warming for 8 decades. Regardless of that reality, alarmists nonsensically attribute The Blob to the emissions of manmade greenhouse gases.

The Blob is not only a sea surface temperature phenomenon. It appears in the Lower Troposphere Temperature data and in the NODC’s depth-averaged temperature data for the depths of 0-700 meters and 0-2000 meters. Of course, the NODC depth-averaged temperature data for the North Pacific show no warming during the ARGO era.

If you are a climate junky, you can read the whole discussion HERE.

Bob asks some important questions? How long with the Blob last? Will a strong La Niña overcome The Blob and the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge and bring much needed rain? The answers to these questions are important to those dealing with the California drought. I will conver the results in future reports. Stay Tuned.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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4 Responses to California Drought Report #16

  1. The Blob could be the result of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. If you look at the graph in your drought report number 10 and look up the Japanese quake and tsunami in 869 you will find cause and effect history. The 869 quake and tsunami was nearly in the same place as in 2011. Could the blob be a result of the friction of the plate movement under water? Could the quakes be the cause of a continuing west coast drought? Maybe so.


  2. Russ Steele says:


    Read Drought Report #14, I cover the Stanford work and NOAA does not agree, nor do I. California had long term droughts long before the the faux global warming was introduced by the UN IPCC. Those drought were caused by changes in natural cycles, as is the current drought. It has not warmed for the last 18 years, so what was the physical force that created the Triple-R? It was not global warming according to NOAA. When smart people at Stanford start mixing politics with science they do a disservice to all scientist.


    • stevefrisch says:

      I posted the link because I thought your readers might like to go directly to the source rather than be filtered through the diatomaceous earth.


  3. Steve Frisch says:

    Thought your readers might be interested in this synopsis of research being done at the Wood’s Hole Institute for the Environment at Stanford University about the link between climate change, historic temperature increases in California and the drought and how climate change is exacerbating the impacts of drought in California.

    Click to access PNAS-Diffenbaugh-Drought-Climate-Brief-03032015-FINAL.pdf


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