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‘Son of the blob’: Unseasonably warm weather creating new anomaly off B.C. coast

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‘It just begs the question of how much of this is linked to climate change’ – The blob is back.

A meteorologist says unseasonable conditions in B.C. are likely once again causing a large area of the Pacific Ocean to heat up, emulating a phenomenon from past years called the “blob.”

That mass of warm water was blamed for warmer weather on land, poor feeding conditions for salmon and even dead whales.

Now, Armel Castellan with Environment and Climate Change Canada says it appears a warm-water patch dubbed the “son of the blob” is establishing itself off B.C.’s coast.

“To see a blob sort of establish itself at this time of year is sort of surprising,” Castellan said. “It’s a symptom of the enduring or stagnant weather we’ve been having over the last four years.”

Unusual, summer-like conditions in northern and central B.C. is being blamed for “concerning” droughts in vast swaths of the province. Castellan said this newest emergence of a blob in the Pacific Ocean is likely connected to the patterns causing these droughts.

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Liam Britten – CBC News – October 18, 2018.

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