Tuesday, September 17, 2019

North Pacific Blog Post

After a hiatus of many months, I've posted an update on the North Pacific "Blob Tracker" blog.  There has been considerable interest recently in the return of the so-called "blob" pattern of warm SSTs in the northeastern North Pacific, so it's worth taking a look at how current conditions compare to the earlier version of the anomaly.



  1. Alright all science guys - since most heat is lost the ground for your feet - what is the most insulating sole composition for winter boots? I have rubber bottom Sorels with sheepskin inserts and last year received a pair of Bearpaws (I wanted them for inside the house) and was incredibly surprised how warm they were. I'm a dork so I literally spent 1.5 hours walking around outside with 1 boot on each foot - and my assessment was that the Bearpaws kept the bottom of my feet much warmer?!! Since both have real sheepskin liners, I suspect it is the composition of the sole itself - the rubber boot bottom was physically cold, but the blown rubber was not. Do you think the sole composition could be the driving factor here - (rather than what the boot is lined with)?

    1. It's outside my area of expertise so I'll have to tread lightly here (sorry)... but I'd imagine that everything between your foot and the ground matters in terms of insulating quality.

      I hope a couple of readers - who have infinitely more experience than me - can chime in.

    2. Bunny boots! Gov't surplus high altitude and army surplus boots are the only way to go in the winter in arctic Alaska.