I asked Nate Mantua of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center to comment on the 1977 California Drought event in relation to the more recent “Blob” event of 2013.
“The 1977 drought is very well known in the Pacific climate research community, and in the water resources world in CA-OR-WA because it was so extreme.
To revisit the 1977 story, check out this short video and learn how a similar “blob” event in 1977 (though not named that) was related to a record drought in California, and how the Blob of 2013-* and corresponding drought (plus other weather extremes across the US) stands in the long-term record.
Click on the Interviews down below to see the video.
Interviews are with key scientists who are making the observations.