Mashable: Unusually Intense El Nino May Lie Ahead, Scientists Say.
SF Reporter: Tinder Box Fears - Residents fear Forest Service thinning delays jeopardize safety.
If the Feds won’t move, locals must.
Guardian.UK: A remarkably accurate global warming prediction, made in 1972.
Discover: How Sea Snakes Survive Without Water to Drink.
“Dehydration at sea could be a unique challenge to marine vertebrates like the sea snake, and may explain their rapidly declining populations in some parts of the world.” Rainfall is how they hydrate.
Reuters: France bans Monsanto GM maize ahead of sowing season.
NY Times: Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang.
MailOnline.UK: Research shows ladybugs travel as fast as racehorse + fly at height of 3,600ft.
Silver City Sun-News: Warning issued on New Mexico fire conditions.
60MPH winds forecast for overnight in my area, with single-digit humidity.
10,000 Birds: Ten Things About The New Sibley.
Sounds like you want to buy one at a bookstore to make sure you don’t get one that’s inked too heavily.
Guardian.UK: Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific.
The poor Pacific, another of mankind’s dumping grounds.
SciAm: Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections?
Nope. Not as long as the realities of extraction tech keeps getting papered over.
Discover Magazine: Birth of El Niño?
“If unusually strong westerly winds continue over the equatorial Western Pacific during March and April, this Kelvin wave has the potential to trigger a strong El Niño event over the Eastern Pacific later this year.” Hey, Aeolus, eat some garlic. We need to get this moving.
NPR: Family Trust Wins Supreme Court Fight Against Bike Trail.
“The federal government loses its control of land that’s granted to railroad companies after the track has been abandoned.” I expect a flurry of land grabs. The oil and gas folks won’t sit still, certainly.
365/2: 066. Snow’s a-comin’.
Mashable: Scientists - El Nino (May Be) A-Comin’
“According to both L’Heureux and McPhaden, scientists issued this outlook without the benefit of their full complement of available data. A network of ocean observing buoys strategically located throughout the central and eastern tropical Pacific and designed specifically for improving El Niño forecasts, is now only 40% operational, largely due to federal budget cuts.” Oy. My emphasis. Well, El Niño would be welcome moisture here, if it does form. We need it. Roofers in the area will be mightily pleased, too.
Guardian.UK: Snake eats crocodile in Queensland lake.
Well now, you don’t see this everyday.
Ski Santa Fe Webcam.
A foot of snow was forecast; looks like they almost got that much.
365/2: 061. Storms breaking up.
And, snow on the Jemez.
Seattle Times: ‘Serious problem’ - 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam.
Woof. Another infrastructure wake-up call. I understand, from previous reading that about 80% of dams in the US will have outlived their average 50 year lifespan. Excuse me if I see this as another canary in the coalmine.
CBC.CA: Aboriginal people may have lived on Beringia for millenia.
Youtube/GoPro: Pelican Learns To Fly.
Neat. [I hope the pelican was not harmed by mounting the GoPro. No real info on the vid.]
365/2: 058. A bit of rain at sunset.
Got a couple of tablespoons of rain. Ground soaked it up in seconds, the hardscapes evaporated it in about an hour.
BBC: Smell of forest pine can limit climate change.
Pine-sol saves the world? No. But I couldn’t resist saying it.