HeraldNet: Feds help New Mexico with road repairs.
“According to the federal DOT, repairs from the September storms in New Mexico are so far estimated to be at least $9 million. The number is expected to increase as officials continue to assess the damages. The initial $2 million will be provided through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. It will be used to reimburse the state for emergency work.” Well, it’s something anyway. Not much, but it can start the process. Good thing we’re used to dirt roads and water crossings (wink).
ABC News: 2 National Monuments Reopen After NM Flooding.
That was fast. However, personnel at those two monuments have had a lot of practice with post-fire flooding and cleanup.
EarthWorks Action: PDF, Reckless Endangerment While Fracking The Eagle Ford.
As I’ve mentioned, you can barely breathe driving through the area. Imagine if your house sat a few hundred feet away.
NewsOK: Colo. flood evacuees get first view of aftermath.
Bad. And it sounds like flood insurance wasn’t a common rider.
SciAm: Colorado Rainfall Was One for the Ages, Weather Service Says.
Even when they say ‘never again’, I think I’ll still keep my raincoat with me, wait and watch.
Times of Israel: ‘Hibernating’ crops may be science’s cure for drought.
“Considering climatologists’ predictions on global warming, with hotter temperatures, less rain, and growing desertification, the discovery may have come just in time. And although the team realizes that many people shy away from genetically-modified produce, this is different; the only thing being added is the cytokinin, which the plant already naturally produces, and it is not modified.” Very exciting.
OilPrice: Oil & Gas Exploration—Turning Middle Earth into Mordor.
“New Zealand, in the quest to diversify from the traditional agricultural exports, has opened up its land and sea for oil and gas drilling and seabed mining.” Oh, no. Everyone’s going fracking crazy.
OpenCulture: Vladimir Nabokov’s Delightful Butterfly Drawings.
Up until the end of the ‘70’s, one would encounter ‘closet naturalists’ among one’s own family or circle of acquaintances. Sad that this useful pastime has seemingly disappeared. Go to thrift stores, sometimes you’ll run across an old journal or three, that really should be preserved.
KRQE: Campgrounds under water by Cochiti Lake.
Oh, don’t panic. Those aren’t the campgrounds. Those are the picnic areas. The campgrounds are on top of mesas on either side of the lake, nearly flush level with the top of the gravel dam. I saw this headline and thought, “No way!”
SF Gate: Nearly 40 percent of Rim Fire land a moonscape.
The third photo shows the effect most starkly.
SciAm: What is the Climate Change Context Behind the Colorado Floods?
IMHO, a balanced overview. Build next to a creek in a narrow canyon, or in a floodplain … there are no good outcomes. There’s no question this was an extreme event - but high population, building in patently risky areas, made the result worse.
Flash flood bad news continues to show up in the local journo sites.
Mogollon, the little ‘ghost town’ in the Gila, was devastated. They can’t get in or out via roadway.
And Madrid, NM was also devastated. There is some video on the local TV websites, but I can’t seem to get a working link [Here’s one]. The creek nearly took a whole line of mining shacks away, while much of the coal tailings pile seems to have ended up washed through downtown.
TexasSharon: Is there a media blackout on the fracking flood disaster in Colorado?
“What we immediately need to know is what is leaking and we need a full detailed report of what that is. This is washing across agricultural land and into the waterways. Now we have to discuss what type of exposure the human population is going to have to suffer through.” Gawd. As if it weren’t bad enough already. Even our former ‘pit rule’ wouldn’t help with floods. Closed-loop systems, sited away from 100-year flood zones, should be the baseline.
New Mexico Interactive Drought Monitor Map.
It’ll be interestin’ to watch this at the next update.
The New Yorker: How Chris McCandless Died.
Whether or not you believe this was the cause, knowing more about this plant may save some lives.
Guardian.UK: Indonesia threatens to deport Harrison Ford over ‘confrontation’ with minister.
“He was emotional. I can understand that this is the first time for this American to come here and see Tesso Nilo. It seems that what he wants to see is any perpetrators involved in the damage immediately arrested.” You don’t send Han Solo out to be diplomatic, methinks.
Photo of Boulder flooding, by brandash on Instagram.
Looks like the bike path. YOWZER.
Discover Magazine: “Biblical Rainfall Amounts Reported” in Parts of Colorado.
Guardian.UK: Thousands of fish dying as 1,400 tons of molasses ooze into Honolulu harbor.
Colossal: High Speed Flower Explosions.
NBCNews: ‘Very, very, very large’ crocodile traps tourist for two weeks on Australian island.
Guy’s lucky. I believe the record is about 23 feet, 2,200 or so pounds? Plastic, wood or fiberglass kayak material is *not* going to save you when faced with those choppers. Also - makes me think of Cap’n Hook (tick, tock, tick tock) ...
SF New Mexican: About 10 bears spotted in town during past two weeks.
Some local color. Obviously the drought hit the mid-size berry-carrying bushy plants on the mountain slopes.
SciAm: How Soot Killed the Little Ice Age.
Guardian.UK: The Pacific Ocean fills in another piece of the global warming puzzle.
“Thus the scientific picture is becoming increasingly clear that the Pacific Ocean has played a large role in the slowed surface warming in recent years, but the warming of the oceans and planet as a whole have continued unabated. Thus the slowed surface warming is very likely to be a temporary effect, similar to the flat global surface temperatures between 1940 and 1970 when the Pacific Ocean was in another cool cycle.” I assume this behavior has been affecting our El Niño and La Niña weather patterns here in the Southwest.
NY Times/Kristof: Beauty and the Beasts.
Discussing our public lands, our forests, our trails, our parks. “What our ancestors were able to create when we were a poor country, we are unable to sustain even now that we are rich. That’s not because of resources. It’s because they were visionaries, and we are blind.”