California’s drought and the weird warm ‘blob’ in the Pacific that may be fueling it

April 10, 2015 8:35 AM

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“The Blob” sounds like a monster in a movie (in fact, it was, twice) — a mysterious, watery presence that disrupts wildlife, causes the weather to go haywire and sends humans into a panic.

But unlike its horror film predecessors, this blob is entirely real. It’s a persistent patch of unusually warm water lurking along the West Coast of the United States and it may be responsible for all sorts of recent weather weirdness, from the drought in California to the brutal cold out East, acco...

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