The “Blob” is back and doesn’t seem to want to leave anytime soon. The Blob, a large body of relatively warm water off the Pacific coast, has been blamed for contributing to the warm winters and dryer springs and the very dry summers that the west coast is/has experienced these past several seasons from Alaska down to Mexico.
Oregon State University (OSU) wants to learn more about the Blob- what caused it, whether climate change may be involved, how far inland does the Blob’s influence extend, how long it can be expected to stick around and other related information.
To collect the climate and ocean temp data, and run the requisite computer models requires a tremendous amount of computer power, far beyond what the OSU has available to it according to university officials.
Researchers hope to enlist the aid of the public through use the combined power of thousands of personal computers. This is what it will take to input the collected data and run the necessary computer models.
If you are interested in participating by lending some of your free hard drive space go to www.climateprediction.net/weatherathome
Then click on 2015 “Western US Drought” in the left hand column.
For a brief discussion of the nasty “Blob” see:
Please let this not become another “climate change debate” thread or it will quickly find itself relegated to the little read “Politics and Hot Topics” forum. I just learned of the Oregon State University project and thought it would be of interest to skiers who may want to participate in the research project and contribute to a better understanding of the "Blob’s" effects on west coast weather.
Edited by Lostboy - 7/6/15 at 6:56pm