NOT SO GREEN  |  Demise of the Blob

By steven d keeler | Feb 17, 2016
Source: NOAA


Thanks in part to the strong El Niño in the equatorial Pacific, the Blob has finally broken up. Beginning in November 2015, strong winds blowing south from Alaska began to pick up, and sea surface temperatures in the northeastern Pacific began to cool.  Data collected by the U.S. Navy’s WindSAT instrument on the Coriolis satellite and the AMSR2 instrument on Japan’s GCOM-W satellite bear this out. The maps  show sea surface temperature anomalies in the Pacific in July 2015 ( top, above ) and January 2016 ( bottom, above ). The maps do not depict absolute temperatures; instead, they show how much above ( red ) or below ( blue ) water temperatures were compared to the average from 2003 to 2012. The maps were built with data from the Microwave Optimally Interpolated SST product, a NASA-supported effort at Remote Sensing Systems.

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For sea surface temps, NOT anomalies :  see textbox settings at top of tool


Use - MW  v4.0     Select -  Year : 2015     Month : August     Day : 15     Image size :  Medium     Region :  Pacific, Northeast

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