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.
Guardian.UK: Geoengineering side effects could be potentially disastrous, research shows.
Discovery News: Sun Erupts with Huge X-Class Flare, Biggest of 2014.
365/2: 055 | Motion. 10 minutes of Santa Fe sunset, crunched into 23 seconds.
Wasn’t much of a sunset; just trying a technique. As in, “put the camera on a tripod and let it do its thing.”
Later: Flickr’s video interface and playback are pretty rotten. Doesn’t even work with Facebook, and when I embed it here, it’s a still. You have to click the photo and go to Flickr to see it. Rots. Going with Vimeo from now on.
Youtube: EPIC storm off South Coast of Ireland.
Mother Nature is supposedly gentle. She obviously hasn’t had a talk with Poseidon.
SciAm: The American Chestnut’s Genetic Rebirth.
It will be a triumph for genetic engineering, if it bears fruit. The mighty forests of early America are legendary, and none alive today have ever experienced the like.
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).