El Nino, the Blob and the 2015 Alaska weather outlook

Given the still present, warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska (known as the Blob) and its influence on our weather here in Alaska, how will the building El Nino in the tropical Pacific impact our fall and winter weather? For more on this, you can see what Rick Thoman from National Weather Service Alaska Region has to say in a recent story run by KTUU (August 13, 2015) (click on the link):  El Nino could mean a warm Alaska winter in 2015.

Also see an earlier story: Another unusually warm winter forecast for Alaska (Alaska Daily Dispatch, August 1, 2015).