The Blob: Wet or Dry Year in 2020?
By Valerie Nera
The Blob is back in the Pacific Ocean. The Blob is a massive pool of water that is warmer than normal in the Pacific Ocean and runs from Alaska past Southern California down to Baja. The last time it appeared was during the 2012 to 2016 drought. There was considerable scientific speculation about its exact role in the extreme weather of those times.
However, The Blob above California is known to have exacerbated and prolonged the last drought. It is likely that the 2018–2019 water year, which ended September 30, will be recorded as an average to slightly wet water year though the southeastern part of the state has been dry. But what will 2020 be—wet, average, or dry?