Lots of talk the past 2 years about unusually warm water in the northeast Pacific. It has been named “The Blob”. I’ve seen some discussion on different forums recently that it has gone away. Yes and no. The positioning of warmer than normal sea surface temps has changed, but there is still a LOT of “warm” water offshore. Note a month ago:
Warmest water relative to normal is way out there…looks “blobish”. But big picture is warmer than normal water across all areas to our west.
Now the current image:
It has cooled quite a bit way out there, but the anomaly has strengthened within the 500 miles of the coastline…more reds showing up. If you want marginal snow events here this winter you’ll want that to go away! Plus that has to have some effect on our weather as it has in the past two winters. Very “Warm PDO” look.
That’s all. Maybe a posting later on a soaking coming this weekend and first mountain snow (to the passes) about a week from now.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen