Science Friday: The Godzilla Meets the Blob Weather Patterns that are Dwarfing El Nino | Flying Spaghetti Monster (Siphonophore) Spotted Off Coast Of Africa

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By now, everyone has probably heard about El Niño and the effects of this weather pattern across the Western Hemisphere. Some are predicting this El Niño to be the biggest ever, naming it the “Godzilla El Niño.” But step aside, Godzilla: Another monster weather anomaly has been wreaking havoc with the West Coast. Beware of “the Blob.”

First identified (and nicknamed) in 2014 by Nick Bond, a climatologist at the University of Washington, the Blob is a huge mass of warmed ocean waters (about 5 degrees Fahrenheit above normal) lurking in the Pacific Ocean just off the western coast of North America, now stretching its reach from Mexico up to Alaska. The 60-foot-deep blob of water is causing great problems with weather and wildlife and continues to require health advisories for visitors and locals alike.

And as the El Niño weather system has been storming across the Pacific this season, it has stirred up ocean waters enough to cool down the original Blob off Alaska but at the same time helped give birth to what has been nicknamed the “Son of Blob” off the coast of Southern California. The still-warmer Alaskan waters and Son of Blob sector are expected to continue to magnify the El Niño effect for months to come, according to Weather Underground’s “Blob Watch” blog.


Flying Spaghetti Monster Spotted Off Coast Of Africa

This is some video footage from an unmanned deep sea submersible of what appears to be the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Of course it’s not actually the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but a siphonophore. What the hell is a siphonophore? …

[Siphonophores are] an eerily fantastic creature that appears to be a single, large organism, but which is actually a colony of numerous individual jellyfish-like animals that behave and function together as a single entity. The individual units, called zooids, all share the same genetic material and each perform a specialized role within the colony. The best-known siphonophore is the poisonous Portuguese Man o’ War.



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