In just six weeks a new SST hotspot has erupted in the North Pacific. I seem to remember a similar hotspot appeared before and quite recently. It maybe that the warmer water to the south back in June has been pushed northward to produce this upwelling of high SST (maximum ~4.5°C above the LTA) water. I am talking out the back of my head here of course, because I don’t have a clue what the normal ocean currents are in this part of the North Pacific, but I do have a friend called Google who may be able to help me out. It looks like I was almost correct in that there is something called the North Pacific Current, and of course the infamous Kurishio Extension which may have had something to do with radioactive water that led to the emergence of Godzilla in the Japanese films of the same name.