Don’t Look Now, but, – Cold Mystery Blob Blocking Gulf Stream

November 25, 2014

In the movie, “The Day After Tomorrow”, warm water from the Gulf Stream get’s shut off in a perverse impact of global warming, leading to worldwide catastrophe.
No in is predicting that – at all. But, there is this weird thing in the North Atlantic right now…

(you’ll have to fullscreen it to see the action)

Below, the 2004 movie “The Day After Tomorrow” took a North Atlantic shutdown as a trigger for global disaster. In this clip, they get a lot wrong, including the backwards circulation of the ocean currents – and science does not consider this scenario very probable any time soon. Still, a mystery unfolding.  A well known oceanographer writes me, “The current big blue blob has been there since mid-2013 if you look at the monthly GISS anomalies, but it is a much longer-term feature also shown in the AR4 and AR5 global temperature trend maps.”

I’m told there is some probably-not-quite-so-dramatic science in the publication pipeline on this. 

23 Responses to “Don’t Look Now, but, – Cold Mystery Blob Blocking Gulf Stream”

  1. anotheralionel Says:

    Thanks Peter I’ll try again:

    in reply to Cy Halothrin WRT deniers and hoax:

    They can try, but I found this in ‘Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science’ Tom Garrison Sixth Edition, 2007 [1], at Figure 6.16 page 166:

    “Over the past 40 years the tropical ocean shallower than 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) has become warmer and saltier, while water at the far north and south has become fresher. The world’s heat driven cycle of evaporation and precipitation seems to have become between 5% and 10% faster during that time, increasing both the rate of water evaporated in the tropics and the amount precipitated in the higher latitude regions in both hemispheres. (Source: Curry et. al., Nature 426 (2003):8-16)”

    The paper I think must be this one:

    Curry, R., R. R. Dickson, and I. Yashayaev (2003), A change in the freshwater balance of the


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