KRQE.com: Assayi Fire erupts near Gallup.
“Watson says the fire was caused by a man burning weeds and tumbleweeds at a camp nearby.” You’ve GOT to be kidding me. In these winds?
The so-called “honey” Moon ...
Looks like every other flippin’ Moonrise. Give me a break with the trumped-up Moon events, internet. What’s next, ‘Stevia Moon’? ‘Xylitol Moon’? I want an ice-cream slathered, Heath Bar Crunch Moon, or I’m not gonna bother next time.
National Geographic: Our Skulls Didn’t Evolve to be Punched.
Yeah, it didn’t make sense to me either, so I didn’t link it.
365/2: 162. Only had time for a grab shot ... Moon’s playing hard to get.
BBC: GM strains crash mosquito population in lab.
365/2: 158. Storms tonight.
ExtremeInstability: June 3, 2014, Norfolk to Blair Nebraska Insane Hail Storm Photos.
Hail is something to be feared, and our planetary warming seems to be making it larger (in my observations).
NWS ABQ:1941 Anomalous Precipitation.
A really fascinating analysis of a NM weather anomaly. But also look at the precipitation graph! 1942-1959 was a pretty dessicated period. Bookmarked.
Discovery Mag: Birth of a Cyclone? - ImaGeo.
Also, an amazing photo from the inside of the eyewall of Hurricane Katrina.
Archaeology News Network: Rabbit holes lead to hill fort discovery.
I can’t help but think this is a ‘drone’ opportunity. A little jobby that duplicates everything a rabbit does, except with metal detectors and ground-penetrating radar.
365/2: 150. The happiness of Blue Flax.
Meditate on the happiness of blue flax in the early morning light. They only open for a few hours; soon as the sun’s getting warm, they close up.
SciAm: Ichthyosaur Graveyard Discovered Beneath Chilean Glacier.
365/2: 148. Storm behind Lamy, NM’s Cerro Colorado.
And a political statement: #nocrudeoilinlamy. We stand for, what we stand on.
Italian Ways: Plants of life and death at the Aboca Museum.
[Note to photographers using HDR - your unskilled use of HDR is patently obvious with colorcast oversaturation of highlights and shadows (the blues here, esp.). There is a certain tonal contrast ‘mushiness’ and strange highlight colorcast that immediately tells everyone “I used Photomatix!”. Spend more time to learn your HDR program, or simply use shadow/highlight in LR.]
Messy Nessy Chic: Lost in Lava Land - The Church that Rose from the Ashes.
Surprised we haven’t seen this in a movie yet.
365/2: 146. Storms are breaking up.
Possibly more later in the week, when the storm hitting Mexico breaks up.
NPR: From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks.
If you haven’t seen them in person, these are just wonderful.
365/2: 145. Lots of rain = very happy flowers.
PS Mag: The Disappearance of Fog on California’s Farms.
Fog is a fragile thing; you’d have to live in the desert to realize how fragile (and rare) it is.
365/2: 142. Officially crazy weather again.
No surprise, really. Every last week of May, we get sudden T-storms with severe hail. In past years, we made the mistake of buying flowers to plant … get ‘em all in pots, and then have to run like crazy whilst getting pounded by icy golfballs to drag them under the portale. Not this year. High winds right now, coming (unusually) from the East, spitting rain. Another view, perhaps better.
Guardian.UK: Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth.
“Given the incredible difference between initial projections of 15 billion barrels and revisions to 600 million, does this not call into account all such global projections for tight oil?” Abso-friggin’-lutely.
BBC: Archaeopteryx - X-rays shine new light on mystery ‘bird’.
I’m rooting for fly, personally.
The Atlantic: Breakfast Cereals to Get More Expensive, Thanks to Climate Change.
Seriously, you want me to panic over Frosted Flakes? The ‘staff of life’, bread, is more important on a worldwide basis, and just as under threat.
Mashable: Earth Just Tied for Its Warmest April on Record, NOAA Says.
Alarmed. And with potential El Niño coming, time to batten the hatches a bit more (heat-proof, waterproof).
Weather Underground: Santa Fe, New Mexico Conditions & Forecast.
At this moment (~4:30PM), we are standing at 3% humidity with brisk winds. My skin is like overdone rotisserie chicken.