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As southwest Pacific Ocean warms, Argentina and Chile dry out

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Southern Blob, a large patch of warm water in the southwest Pacific, is responsible for much of the decades-long drought in much of Argentina, particularly Patagonia and Chile. The climate change impacts behind this situation are here to stay.

The surface waters of the South Pacific, east of New Zealand, show a very significant area of above-average temperatures, i.e., hot anomalies. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this area is similar in size to Australia at about 8 million square kilometers.

This large warm water area, which meteorologists call the "Southern Blob . . .

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