This story summarizes some of the impacts of the temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean, including the BLOB, published in The New York Times Science section.
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PDO global pattern. The PDO is the leading EOF of monthly sea surface temperature anomalies over the North Pacific after the global mean sea surface temperature anomaly is removed. The units are °C per standard deviation of the pdo index.
Data source, HadISST (1880-2010):http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadisst/data/download.html