365/2: 054. Sun dazzle.
Nice cloudage today.
Real Shit - Organic Manure For Urban Farmers.
Offered, sans comment.
365/2: 050. Viewfinder shot.
Yashicamat. Looking out at a mean-spirited, ornery + blustery evening.
NWS Albuquerque: Significant Weather Update: Feb 19, 2014 330PM.
60+mph winds. All night tonight. Oh joy.
Time: Obama Plays Water-Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought.
“President Barack Obama traveled to California on Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses.” Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, sir.
Syracuse.com: Great Backyard Bird Count - Some waterfowl abandon icy Great Lakes.
“With the Great Lakes almost completely frozen, some species, such as white-winged scoter and long-tailed duck, have left the lakes and stopped at inland locations where they’re not usually found at this time of year.” And Snowy Owls in 25 states.
Guardian.UK: Crew member hospitalised after turbulence causes injuries aboard flight.
Ouch. Everyone’s linked the 767 wing-flapping video, so I won’t link it again. Did you know a 747 is designed to allow 29 feet of ‘flap’ in its wings? Most other airplanes are 6-9 feet of flex.
Side note: The weather patterns over NM recently have gifted us with frequent lenticular clouds, which often presage severe (read: SEVERE) turbulence. If you’re flying over the Rockies this season, bring ye olde barf bags.
Word of the day: WIND.
We’re getting pummelled here in NM. Can you dessicate beef jerky? Sheesh.
AFP: Jet stream shift could be permanent.
“We can expect more of the same and we can expect it to happen more frequently.” Hotter summers, harsher winters. Oh, joy.
Wired: So, Turns Out Crocodiles Can Climb Trees.
From a survival standpoint, I need to know this. But I really didn’t want to. Yeesh.
Bloomberg: Global-Warming Slowdown Due to Pacific Winds, Study Shows.
“This hiatus could persist for much of the present decade if the tradewind trends continue; however rapid warming is expected to resume once the anomalous wind trends abate. [snip] Volcanoes and changes in solar radiation can also drive cooler decades against the backdrop of ongoing warming.” Or not.
Clearer skies tomorrow, I hope.
SciAm: Virginia’s Natural Bridge Landmark Sold to Conservation Group.
“One of the oldest U.S. tourist attractions, the 215-foot-high (65.5-meter-high) limestone feature in western Virginia was purchased by the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, which said it would eventually turn it over to the state park system.” Good. Sometimes these things get sold, and then turned over to privateers.
Pacific Standard: Nope, That’s a Puma, Not a Wildcat, Panther, or Mountain Lion.
People wuv kittycats.
Until they start offing small children (one of their favorite human targets).
Inhabitat: White Roofs are Three Times More Effective at Fighting Climate Change.
Next roof. White membrane.
MailOnline.UK: Researcher claims bad weather can boost our productivity.
I call BS. After three days of sheet clouds, no sun, winter short days, my SAD is kicking in big time. Productivity drops, and I want to hide in the back of my closet under the shoes.
USA Today: Fracking raising water supply worries.
“The water-intensive process used to extract oil and gas from shale underground — known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking — has required almost 100 billion gallons of water to drill more than 39,000 oil and shale gas wells in the U.S. since 2011, says Ceres, a green investment group. More than half of those wells — 55% — were in drought-stricken areas, and nearly half were in regions under high or extremely high water stress, such as Texas, the report says.” My point exactly, which I’ve been pushing for how many years now? Fracking as a technique should not be used in drought areas … unless water is being trucked in from more humid climes. Which would likely push the price beyond reason.
ScienceDaily: A ‘smoking gun’ on Ice Age megafauna extinctions.
Climate drove a change in browseable flora.
A snowflake of snowflakes. And it’s still snowing here, though only accumulating in small amounts. The road is getting icy; one emergency vehicle has zoomed by already.
SciAm: How Radioactive Is Our Ocean?
Want to monitor Pacific Ocean radiation? Woods Hole needs your help.
365/2: 035. Snowstorms breaking up over the Sangre de Cristos.
Guardian.UK: Republicans pitch unlikely plan to overhaul Endangered Species Act.
“Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists’ lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation’s cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington DC.” Yeah, yeah, yeah … ‘power to the states’ … we know what that means.
SciAm: Sea Walls May Be Cheaper than Rising Waters.
Hmmm. Yet we also see constant articles about how Mother Nature continues to slap the Army Corps of Engineers around. Color me doubtful.
First precip in over 40 days. You’ll excuse the excruciating slow linkage, for shovelling, I’m sure.
NY Times: Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst.
It’s bad. Bad as I’ve seen it. If we don’t get snowpack, our aquifers will not get recharged, and we’ll be on rationing as early as May, I suspect, if not sooner. The yard outside my window is almost bare dirt; the native grasses (we don’t have lawns here) are thinning and dying out. I’m watering our trees once a month, the ones closest to the house, to keep them alive.