Fri, September 1, 2023 at 10:42 AM PDT·2 min read

“The Blob” is back — that swath of warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean that can affect Washington state’s weather, ecology and economy.

Its appearance from 2013-2016 was blamed for the death of 1 million seabirds and had other environmental effects, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This year, The Blob could result in a smaller snowpack for skiers and snowboarders, meaning less recreational spending in Whatcom County, and less of the kind of food that helps young salmon survive their critical first year at sea, state climatologist Nick Bond told The Bellingham Herald.

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