A 1,000 Mile Stretch Of The Pacific Ocean Has Heated Up Several Degrees And Scientists Don’t Know Why

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

According to two University of Washington scientific research papers that were recently released, a 1,000 mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean has warmed up by several degrees, and nobody seems to know why this is happening.  This giant “blob” of warm water was first observed in late 2013, and it is playing havoc with our climate.  And since this giant “blob” first showed up, fish and other sea creatures have been dying in absolutely massive numbers.  So could there be a connection?  And what is going to happen if the Pacific Ocean continues to warm up?  Could we potentially be facing the greatest holocaust of sea life in the Pacific that anyone has ever observed?  If so, what would that mean for the food chain and for our food supply?

For a large portion of the Pacific Ocean to suddenly start significantly heating up without any known explanation is a really big deal.  The following information about this new research comes from the University of Washington

“In the fall of 2013 and early 2014 we started to notice a big, almost circular mass of water that just didn’t cool off as much as it usually did, so by spring of 2014 it was warmer than we had ever seen it for that time of year,” said Nick Bond, a climate scientist at the UW-based Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, a joint research center of the UW and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Bond coined the term “the blob” last June in his monthly newsletter as Washington’s state climatologist. He said the huge patch of water – 1,000 miles in each direction and 300 feet deep – had contributed to Washington’s mild 2014 winter and might signal a warmer summer.

It would be one thing if scientists knew why this was happening and had an explanation for it.

But they don’t.

In fact, according to the Washington Post, they are calling this something that is “totally new”…

Scientists have been astonished at the extent and especially the long-lasting nature of the warmth, with one NOAA researcher saying, “when you see something like this that’s totally new you have opportunities to learn things you were never expecting.”

The following map comes from the NOAA, and it shows what this giant “blob” looks like…

Pacific Ocean Anomaly

According to CBS News, ocean temperatures inside this blob have risen anywhere from two to seven degrees Fahrenheit above normal…

This warm blob, which is about 2 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 4 degrees Celsius) warmer than the usual temperature for this region, means the winter air that crosses over the Pacific Ocean wasn’t cooled as much as it normally would be. That, in turn, spelled warmer, dryer conditions for the West Coast.

Meanwhile, while this has been going on, scientists have also been noticing that sea creatures in the Pacific have been dying in record numbers.

In fact, last summer I wrote an article entitled “Why are massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast right now?

Since then, things have continued to get even worse.

For instance, it was recently reported that the number of sea lions washing up on Southern California beaches is at an all-time record high…

A record 2,250 sea lions, mostly pups, have washed up starving and stranded on Southern California beaches so far this year, a worsening phenomenon blamed on warming seas in the region that have disrupted the marine mammals’ food supply.


The latest tally, reported on Monday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is 20 times the level of strandings averaged for the same three-month period over the past decade and twice the number documented in 2013, the previous worst winter season recorded for Southern California sea lions.

And of course fish are being deeply affected as well.  Sardines have declined to their lowest level in six decades, and National Geographic says that a whole host of tiny fish species at the bottom of the food chain are dying off rapidly…

Since the 1950s, researchers every year have dropped nets 1,000 feet (300 meters) down to catalog marine life many miles off California. Most track commercially important species caught by the fishing industry. But J. Anthony Koslow tallies fish often credited with keeping marine systems functioning soundly—tiny midwater bristlemouths, the region’s most abundant marine species, as well as viperfish, hatchetfish, razor-mouthed dragonfish, and even minnow-like lampfish.


All are significant parts of the seafood buffet that supports life in the eastern Pacific, and all are declining dramatically with the vertical rise of low-oxygen water.


“If it was a 10 percent change, it wouldn’t have been worth noting, but they’ve declined by 63 percent,” says Koslow, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

So if the bottom of the food chain is experiencing a catastrophic collapse, what is that going to mean for the rest of the food chain in the Pacific Ocean?

In turn, what is that going to mean for the seafood industry and for the price of seafood in our grocery stores?

Some really strange things are happening on the other side of the Pacific right now as well.

Over in Japan, the media is buzzing about the recent mass beaching of 150 melon-headed whales.  A similar incident was observed just six days before the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011.  The following comes from the Japan Times

The mass beaching of over 150 melon-headed whales on Japan’s shores has fueled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country — the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 18,000 people.


Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking the two events, a flurry of online commentators have pointed to the appearance of around 50 melon-headed whales — a species that is a member of the dolphin family — on Japan’s beaches six days before the monster quake, which unleashed towering tsunami and triggered a nuclear disaster.

Very strange stuff.

For our entire lives, we have been able to take for granted that our oceans would always be stable and healthy.

But now it appears that things may be changing.

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JuliaS's picture

I sure miss the static never-changing climate the Earth had enjoyed for billions of years before the pesky humans came around and started burning shit.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

I sure miss when people could do math so we can actually calculate these changes are faster than nature ever could do, or ever did.


What would be the point? The volcanos and the sun are going to do what they are going to do. They don't included asteroid impacts in their models either or do they?

What else ya got that isn't explained by your username?

N2OJoe's picture

Wow guys, why is the Pacific heating up? I'm sure it has nothing to do with that nuke plant pissing radiation into it for the last several years...

cnmcdee's picture

Zerohedge is the <only> source talking about this at this time.

Here is the important point : a 1000 mile stretch of the pacific ocean has heated by 4 degrees  (more than normal).  In order for a pool of water to heat that much something very significant has happened.

When you do the kilojoule calculation we are talking like 8,000,000 cubic kilometers of water / 8.00 e 15 cubic meters * 1000 kg / cubic meter = 8.000 e 18 kg of water * 4 degress * 4.2 kj/kg/degree celcius

1.3504 e 23 Joules (over 6 months - 15.552 million seconds) = 8.683 e 15 watts  Or 8.68 Petawatts over an area roughly 2 Trillion square meters

 = 4.320 KW / Sq meter (Continuously)

The most energy incident from the sun on the earth after passing through the atmosphere is about 1 KW / Sq Meter.

What this means is that something has heated up the entire pacific ocean 4X the ability of the sun to do so.  Someone in the comments section mentioned 'I vote Corium' or something like that.

Either we have something right out of star trek (explaining the deleted threads possibly) or we have a 25 - 100 mile rip in the tectonic plate and the coastal cities are fucked (explaining the deleted threads possibly)

However anyone who has studied thermoclines this may be happening only to the first layer (100 meters) and the rest of the ocean is not really that heated.  We are assuming that the <entire basin to the bottom> is heated.


VangelV's picture

The problem for the alarmist side is that we are now into year 18 without statistically sigificant global warming.  (while I do not believe that a global average temperature trend has much meaning the alarmists do)  And to add to the confusion Obama has been pointing out that the economic recovery is weak because of colder temperatures for the past two years.  There is much confusion and panic among the IPCC and golobal warming crowd becuase the science is showing that the AGW hypothesis is not correct.  


@JuliaS. I was replying to smallgovnow2's comment about computer models not including solar/volcanic activity.

@VAndelV There is ZERO confusion regarding the "the pause" says the IPCC because there isn't one. If you have a link where the IPCC recants their position on "the Pause" please provide it. Until then this IPCC press release stands:


I recommend you watch as John Parker of The Economist asks about "the pause" then Chris Field, WG2 lead author, replies followed by Michelle Jarraud, Sec?Gen of the World Meteorological Organization.

You and I may be confused, IPCC not so much.


indio007's picture

IPCC's DATA says there is a pause , their spin notwithstanding.

Not their data means a thing as there sample size is several orders of magnitude to small at EVERY data point. Until they can cover at minimum 100th of the earth's surface with thermometers there is pretty much no data. Thermal satelites don't measure absolute temperture BTW..


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This can all be explained by wind patterns or currents, which push warmer surface water up against the coast.  If you've ever swam in the ocean, you know that it is often warm on the surface and cold once you dive down a few feet.

I'm sure it's happened before many times, but nobody noticed.

But hey -- let's go full retard and blame it on fuku, star wars aliens or a parting of the earth's crust.  Most of you fuck tards think the world is always about to end, as predicted by some spooky religous nonsense.


which data would that be? Link please. Wait, let me guess, satellite data for the troposphere? You know, that Suspicious Observers / Lord Monkton  thingie?

If you look at my profile, LULZ, I do understand the concept of an assay. You are suggesting that 10s of thousands of well educated scientists who contribute to the articles that go into the Assessment Reports don't ??? 


MeelionDollerBogus's picture

No, we're into 18 years of statistically significant and measurable warming, visible, measured, measurable, every single year, which is serious, but this is even warmer by a long shot.




NASA Finds 2011 Ninth-Warmest Year on Record


2010 and 2005 tied for warmest years EVER on record

Matt's picture

1000 Km * 1000 Km * 0.10 Km (100 meters deep) ~= 100,000 Km^3, not 8 million cubic kilometers. 


EDIT: 1 Km^3 is 1000 * 1000 * 1000 =  billion cubic meters of water. 1 cubic meter of water is 1000 litres. 1 Trillion litres of sea water, weighing 1 billion metric tonnes.

17 KJ per Kg to get to 4 celsius rise. 1 trillion Kg. 17 QJ. 6 months * 30 days = 180 days. At 12 hours of sunlight per day, that's 2160 hours * 60 minutes * 60 seconds = 7,776,000 seconds.

requires a net energy gain continously of 17 quadrillion / 7.776 million = 2 186 214 000 watts, assuming no loss at night.

2 gigawatts divided by 1 million square kilometers is a net gain of 2000 watts per square kilometer continous.

I probably screwed up somewhere. 

EDIT: FTA: "He said the huge patch of water – 1,000 miles in each direction and 300 feet deep – had contributed to Washington’s mild 2014 winter and might signal a warmer summer."



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There were 7 pages of comments and now there are only two besides mine?

Stumpy4516's picture

Issues were brought up that the Tylers did not want pushed forward.  What is another name for a harmonica for instance.

plane jain's picture

So pay a moderator Tyler. I can deal with the wild west style comments, but if you can't then moderate.

Please target the globalreport spammer. Save everyone the downvote clicks. I do like his/her new user name though: chilli sauce.

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Looks like we're down to 1 page now.

El Vaquero's picture

No, something else is going on.  I simply brought up the thermohaline circulation, and not as a response to anybody, and that comment is gone. 

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"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." - Voltaire

-His name was Francis Sawyer, His name was Francis Sawyer, His name was Francis Sawyer...

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Mine is gone, response to a poster.  I said there was an earthquake that reduced the circumference of the planet, and suggested the planet might be reacting to that. 

MedPro's picture

Comments have been disappearing for some time. I joined to comment on Ebola all wiped clean

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  1. The harmonica is called many different names, such as: mouth organ, mouth harp, Hobo Harp, French harp, Reckless Tram, harpoon, tin sandwich, blues harp, Mississippi saxophone, or simply harp.
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Missed one.



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Times, up.  Enlighten us please.

MedPro's picture

Concerning the comments

Perhaps we need to seek another playground to play in

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A 700 Comment Thread On Zero Hedge Has Disappeared And Scientists Don’t Know Why

Urban Roman's picture

Obviously it was caused by Fukushima.

SerenDip's picture

You might think you are being facetious, but put two and two together: 

1. No one knows where the 3 cores from Fukushima are

2. No one can explain why the Pacific Ocean is exhibiting extraordinary heating

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

it would take 3000 to 3 million cores to do this - the ocean is HUGE.



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Quit while your ahead- devote yourself to agriculture or something beneficial and drop the Goredoctrination.

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Revealing, Seek_Truth, that you would reply with a clip from a hollywood movie (I'm sure it's "deep") containing a slur towards ~1B people that don't read your bible.

Say, how do you think The Pope is gonna handle that whole "go forth and multiply" thing in his encyclical on AGW this summer?


I wonder how many people here at Zero Hedge had ever heard of Al Gore in 1990. I hadn't.

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Still nothing to say about the James Burke clip, just more belittling. It's as boring as your Bibley stuff.

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You are brainwashed by shills who call themselves "scientists"- they are not- nothing coulld be further from the truth. You spam every thread with your AGW nonsense, you are constantly derided for doing so, but you are too feeble minded to understand what a fool you make of yourself. You are a 20 year old child according to your profile. That makes you a boy in my book- not a man.

And a gullible one at that. You should be embarrassed of yourself. Your heroes at the IPCC have already been caught in numerous epic lies- that is a fact, as has Al Gore-acle. Keep drinking the Gubmint shill coolaid and see where it gets you. Just another junior "progressive."

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plane jain's picture

The following is NOT mine. But I just copied it to share before all the comments went buh bye.

specific heat of water is 4 Joules/gram*C.

water is about 1 gram per cc so 4 Joules/CC*C.

say 600 Mile circle of water one mile deep is 2 C warmer.  That's 3.14*300**2*1 270,000 Cubic Miles of water or 1EE15 Cubic Meters or 1EE21 CC  or 4 EE 21 Joules to warm up.  

To do that in 6 months, that's 180 Days, 800 hours, or 2.8 Million seconds.  Thats 1.5 EE 15 Watts to achieve.  That's a million Gigawatt

That's about a Million megatonnes of TNT or about 300 Kilotonnes of nuclear explosions per second for 6 months.


Road Hazard's picture

Hmmmm, I wonder if a few thousand spent fuel rods and some reactor cores can produce that sort of heat? What say you, genetically damaged mutants of Tokyo?

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

No, quite seriously, they can't. You'd need thousands of Fukushimas' worth of fuel rods stuck together / near each other to attempt it

Dr_Snooz's picture

"It would be one thing if scientists knew why this was happening and had an explanation for it.

But they don’t."


In other words, "we know exactly why this is happening, but the powerful special interest causing it will punish us for telling. We'd rather die in an environmental apocalypse than lose our crappy jobs, so get bent."

What could it be?

Fukushima dumping trillions of becquerels of radiation into the open ocean?

HAARP actively manipulating weather patterns and ocean temperatures around the world?

Global warming caused by paying too little tax money to bankers and bureaucrats?

Corporate pollution of the oceans on a massive scale for decades that has finally reached an inflection point?

All of those?


Take your pick.

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We've been hacked! Goddamn North Koreans!

Max Steel's picture

From 350-400 to 14 comments. lol .

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Gotta be cow flatulance.

debunkit's picture

Many threads' comments have vaporized.  Could it be parent company is talking notice???

schnydz's picture

I'll add this. 

The new study explores the blob’s origins. It finds that it relates to a persistent high-pressure ridge that caused a calmer ocean during the past two winters, so less heat was lost to cold air above. The warmer temperatures we see now aren’t due to more heating, but less winter cooling. source: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/04/09/warm-blob-in-pacific-ocean-not-caused-by-climate-change-affects-u-s-weather/

Nothing to do with global warming. Just less cooling over the pacific north west. Instead all that cooling went east hence all the snow from chicago on. 

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Link to this story at The Daily Mail;


Before the comments disappeared someone had mentioned the 2011 earthquake shifted the Earth's axis 4 inches.

Link to story about Inuits claiming the planet has shifted:



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All of your comments are belong to us..........

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Quite a few threads have lost their comments. What's up wit dat, Bro?