365/2: 069. Sunset.
Didn’t have time for anything else. Enjoy.
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.
365/2: 068. My fave tree is still destroying the adobe wall ...
Outtake, a bit of faux wet-plate fun.
Crazy clouds and snow.
The outtake’s just as insane.
We did get the snow.
365/2: 066. Snow’s a-comin’.
365/2: 065. Bobcat Bite.
Most often empty now. Sad times. More.
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.
La Jicarita: What’s Wrong with WIPP.
“If the leak came from panel 7, it could be from one or more of the 258 contact-handled (CH) waste containers, containing 388 cubic meters that were emplaced between January 25 and February 5. Eighteen canisters, containing 16 cubic meters of more highly radioactive remote-handled (RH) waste, had been put into that panel starting in late September 2013.” A great deal more serious than we’re being told. I still wonder why there are no robotic means to investigate the mines. Antennae could have been placed for ease of operation. Probes down ventilation shafts? Seriously? I would, if I were the DOE, be testing the fracking workers at those nearby wellheads … if for no other reason than to prevent possible spread to family members.
Later: The exposed workers will “be unlikely to experience any health effects.” No radioactive dose amounts were reported. Luckily they had no evidence of plutonium or americium. But it would be nice to know how much radiation they experienced. Between the fire and this particular event, the plant must be running out of un-radiated workers.
365/2: 064. Doors, faux wet plate effects.
Still jamming in CMS work; haven’t had time to wander. So I fiddle instead. And a sunset.
USA Today: New Mexico sets deadlines for handling nuke waste.
It’s a definite risk, esp. as our spring winds kick in. I suspect some are rueing the day they approved single-wall containers over the safer double-walls.
As far as the continuing radiation leak issue, don’t they have remote robot/drones to drive into the radiated areas? Every bit of news seems to confirm that this is a threadbare operation, a hole in the ground with security guards and forklift operators … and not much else. They had to expect this might happen? There had to be contingency plans?
365/2: 062. Textures.
Sort of how I feel right now: Dead, dry and blue. Working too much.
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.
365/2: 060. RAIN.
Rain. It’s a beautiful thing, folks.
Sunset tonight; seven outtakes.
A Conversation On Cool: Georgia O’Keefe sketching in Glen Canyon, 1961.
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.
WaPo: More than half of U.S. housing wealth concentrated in 10 percent of communities.
“The states likely to experience the strongest rise in the median price of an existing single-family home are New Mexico, Mississippi, Maine and Illinois — where prices are expected to jump more than 30 percent from early 2012 through 2018, the study said. New Hampshire rounds out the top five list at 28 percent.” Well, that’s a bit of good news. Drought may challenge those numbers … maybe. If we turn into Phoenix, will that bring more retirees?
ABC News: 13 Were Exposed to Radiation at New Mexico Plant.
“New Mexico State University runs a monitoring center in Carlsbad that offers free radiation-detecting body scans. The director of the center said there has been a rise in appointments being scheduled since the leak.” I’m sure. We’ll learn more at the press conference this afternoon.
365/2: 057. Time lapse failure.
I had a nice timelapse all planned out … when some joker drove by at high speed, raising enough dust to coat my lens. Waste of an hour and a half. Oh, I’m mad all right.
SciAm: Radiation Levels Fall after Nuclear Waste Leak in New Mexico.
It’s freaking a lot of people out here. Read between the lines, authorities’re not sure why it happened, and they’re not releasing underground radiation figures. They haven’t even gone in to look; it may take a month before the radiation comes down to ‘safe’ levels. The foil-hat folks are talking about massive plutonium releases and thousands of potential deaths across Texas. Given that most of the stored materials are things like radioactive tools and clothing, massive amounts of plutonium escaping through ventilation shafts stretches the imagination just a bit too far … unless contaminated gloves can climb ventilation shafts by themselves and wave at passersby.