UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain was quoted in a San Diego Union Tribune article about unusually high ocean temperatures off the coast of Southern California. According to Swain, a large mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, extending from the Gulf of Alaska to near Hawaii, may be playing a role in the spike in ocean temperatures off the coast of San Diego.
In 2014-2015, an infamous “blob” of warm water in the Pacific Ocean devastated marine ecosystems and caused toxic algae blooms. According to Swain, the current mass of warm water is larger and hotter than the 2014-2015 “blob” was at a similar stage.
Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune.