April and May 2017 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 March 2017

April & May
of
2017

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by human and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

Updated
April 28, 2017

 

LATEST TRAIL NEWS BELOW

LATEST GENERAL NEWS BELOW

 

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Of Seasonal Interest to Backpackers 

PCT Watch
We are observing the progress of this Epic 2017 Snowpack into the Spring Thaw using a series of tracking tools linked to below. This event will establish the timing and set the tone for this year's Sierra backpacking, not our plans, desires, or expectations.

Original April 1 Backpacker Alert, below.

The Backpacker's Calendar notes storms, snowpack and water content levels, and weather behavior and trends. Our Weather Page tracks all aspects of Sierra Weather and Conditions, including real time Ground Reporting Stations. Below find the News tracking everything affecting our approach to the trail. Finally, we draw everything together in our periodic Backpacker Alerts.

The value of local observations cannot be overstated. Thus the...

Observations and Wisdom of Cayenne

Let me know what you see.

 

TRAINING TIME 
Doing the JMT, PCT, TYT, TW?
If you are not training for the trip now you are an idiot. 

WHY? 

I Want Skittles! 

 

Dead Serious
Winter Weather Reports

High Sierra Calendar

Sierra Crestline Snow & Temps

 

Mountain Safety News & Topics

High Sierra Rescue Log

 

APRIL 1 BACKPACKER ALERT, below.

 

Day Length

Early April:
Day length increasing +2:23 per day.

Late April:
Day length increasing +2:13 per day.
See bottom-right of this page for local Sunrise-Sunset.

ALL TIME REFS

 

Night Skies

Late April
Lyrid Meteor Shower,
19th-25th
Mars follows Sun into Western Sky

Winter Skies are Fleeting... Going, going, GONE.
Orion the Hunter and the Winter Circle

 

Early April
Mars & Mercury follow Sun into Western Sky ,
setting just after sunset now.

Jupiter at Opposition.
Look up at Midnight.
Latest Hubble Image of Jupiter approaching Op., April 3.

Explain Jup Op, April 7.

Digital Chart Jup Op

Full Sky Chart


Watch for Venus before dawn,
Earth-Sky, April 4, 2017.

 

Upcoming
Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons,
Earth-Sky, March 2, 2017.

N America Full Eclipse of the Sun,
August 21, 2017.

 

Fermilab Virtual Telescope, all views

Current Star Chart and Sky Wheel for Field Use

The In-The-Sky.org Digital Star Wheel

Backpacker Planning & Study Constellation & Star Chart

 

All Astronomical Data

All High Sierra Weather



Also of Interest
NASA Astro Image of the Day

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY

AGU Blogosphere


  

High Sierra Roads 

Highways 4, 108, and 120 closed for Winter.
MAP

 

April 25

Big Oak Flat Road In Yosemite Set To Re-Open,
Sierra News Online, April 25, 2017.

April 22

Coming in from the East 
No Passing Lane on Tioga,
The Sheet, April 22, 2017.

March 29
Snow Removal Begins
Glacier Point Road Closure In Yosemite
Sierra News Online, March 28, 2017.

March 14
Yosemite Road Work

March 12
Highway 41 To Yosemite Reopening

March 2
Big Flat Road Broken

Feb 27
Highway 140 Only Route Into Yosemite

Feb 23:
Highways 120 & 41 Damaged

Feb 17:
Whitney Portal Road Damaged & Yosemite Damage

Feb 13-14:
Highway 50 Closed

 

Tioga Road Closed for Season: 
Thursday December 1

Yosemite: Snow closes Tioga and Glacier Point roads for season,

 

YOSEMITE ALERTS

CalTrans

 

WEATHER & TERRAIN
NEWS

Updated
April 28, 2017

TWO FATALITIES 
Reported April 24

One Avalanche-Fall, the other a Water Accident

Two deaths, one on Mt. Whitney, in Sequoia-Kings National Park,
Sierra Wave, April 24, 2017.

High Sierra Safety Incidents

Mountain Safety Topics

 

 

Starting
April 1

STANDING
EMERGENCY ALERT 
April-May Backpacker Alert

Why?
Huge Snow Pack on Sierra Crest

> Very Difficult High Sierra Travel Conditions <

April Snow 20
REPORT

VAST SNOW PACK
on 
SIERRA CREST

189 % of Average

 

April 28 Update
2 ACTIVE BACKPACKER ALERTS

MASSIVE SNOW PACK: Travel Conditions Hazard
HUGE THAW COMING: Travel-Fording Conditions Hazards

COLD HAZARD: NIGHT of the 20th PASSED 

STORM CONDITIONS
 Weak warm FrontS crossing Sierra: SLOPPY-SOGGY:
PASSED

 

Spring Thaw Conditions

Week of April 16 to 22

Week of April 23 to 29

April 28
WARMING UP:
Getting Soggy.

 

Resources 

Weather Page

ALL Sierra Crestline Snow & Temps

 

Latest TW Snow Warning & Backpacker Alert,
Original April 1 posted below

April 19 Backpacker Alert Notes-Updates

April 20 Backpacker Alert Notes-Updates

Comments

All 2017 Backpacker Alerts

 Whiteblaze AT Forums and the PCTA 
posted April 1 TW Backpacker Alert:

Whiteblaze

PCTA

 

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GENERAL NEWS
Updated

April 28 

The Sheet, pdf.
April 29, 2017.

P. 4

Latest Tioga Opening in History: JULY 1

"The latest opening date on record
for the pass occurred on July 1, 1998.

Snowpack measurements in Tuolumne
for April 1 of that year were 156 percent
of average. This year, The National Park
Service reports that snowpack at Tioga
pass was at 213 percent of average as
of April 1"

Recent Sierra Highway Closure History

Tioga Road Closure History

 

The Sheet,
April 29, 2017.

Mountain Safety, P.6.

"15,397 permit
applications to climb Whitney in 2017.
Of those applications, 35 percent were
awarded their first choice of dates
(most fell between July and August),
and 65 percent of applicants were unsuccessful
or pulled their applications.
The lottery for a permit to hike
Mt. Whitney is open from February
through March for the following year.
Climbers often plan trips months to a
year in advance.“

“If you swing by to get
a permit at the Eastern Sierra Visitor
Center right now, you will be advised
that winter mountaineering skills are
needed, including route finding, avalanche
skills, the ability to use ice axe/
crampons,” said Schweizer. “We also
advise that Whitney is not a mountain
to learn on, and that it deserves the
respect of mountaineers.” Schweizer
said she and other staff are spreading
as much information about winter
conditions as possible via social media
and information provided at visitor
centers, so that people who pulled
permits for May and June understand
how much snow is out there. “I have
received numerous calls from people
thinking they will be in Mammoth
in May for a Pacific Crest Trail thruhike…
I imagine that many May and
June permits will not be claimed,” said
Schweizer. "

April 1 Backpacker Alert still in Effect!

 

Keep Tahoe Blue column: Protecting a national treasure since 1957,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 28, 2017.

 

Our Incompentence and Corruption is a State Secret?
Ha, they both appear to be PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE to Me...

Another Oroville Dam document is sealed – for now,
Sac Bee, April 27, 2017.

Last Oroville news, below

 

 

 

Corruption is an Expensive Problem...

The West has a tricky, expensive water problem – and even solving it is controversial,
McClatchy, April 27, 2017.

more

 

 

April 27

West Flank 

Yosemite: Most Water Ever Recorded, Still 100 Inches Of Snow,
Sierra News Online, April 27, 2017.

 

100 Million Dead Trees: A Danger That Persists Long After the Drought,
Water Deeply, April 27, 2017.

 

 

East Flank

East Flank Road Access
North, South, Sabrina Lakes, Palisades, 
Updates from Caltrans, ‘State of the Inyo,’
Sierra Wave, , April 27, 2017.


More below

 

 

Cycles of Life

Mono Lake Seagull Production unit in production and under protection,
Monologue, April 21, 2017.

 

 

Five High Altitude Genes

Tibetan people have multiple adaptations for life at high altitudes,
PLOS, April 21, 2017.

 

Evolution of War Horses 2500 years ago

Scythian horse breeding unveiled: Lessons for animal domestication,
FACULTY OF SCIENCE - UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, April 27, 2017.

 

 

April 26 

West Flank
Big Oak Flat Road In Yosemite Set To Re-Open,
Sierra News Online, April 25, 2017.

 

 

East Flank
‘The State of the Inyo’ for general trout opener
,
Sierra Wave, April 26, 2017.

Tasty fundrasier – Spring Barbecue for Eastern Sierra Music Festival,
Sierra Wave, April 23, 2017. 

 

 

Incredible discovery places humans in California 130,000 years ago,
Date is a whopping 115,000 years earlier than previous findings of humans in the Americas.
Ars Technica, April 26, 2017.

Last Research:
15,0000 Years Earlier

 

 

In 1984
Failure is Success!

Who Could Expect Less from Such a Corrupt Government?

State’s Water Chief: Despite Crisis, Oroville Dam’s Emergency Spillway ‘Worked,
KQED, April 25, 2017.

What a jackass. Failures at all levels almost led to  a catastrophic disaster, and has imposed massive costs, risks, and ongoing dangers. Only an idiot would characterize this as a successful piece of either political or physical infrastructure.

It is neither. It is a scam in action.

Burned Again; "mission accomplished!"

See Last, below

 

DWR & Oroville only "Worked" in Secret:

Editorial: Oroville is a model of how NOT to deal with a flood emergency,
Mercury News, April 24, 2017.

Open records show the Oroville Dam was and is a political, a planning, and a maintaience failure which all  lead up to a disaster management failure on the cusp of the crisis their previous failures caused. 

 

Now We Get Burned Again:
Fixing Oroville Dam will cost hundreds of millions. Who should pay the bill?
Sac Bee, April 25, 2017.

First, Who made the money and who spent it? Huge well-connected Developers and Big Corporate Ag profits have been subsidized by public infrastructure we pay for and they profit from. Why? They bribe the politicians.

The past is prologue for the future. We will see Jerry and the Feds run to the aid of their corporate sponsors by making sure they do not pay the bills for their profits. That's why they bribe the politicians.

 

Tahoe Rim Trail Association launches new website,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 21, 2017.

 

 

April 24

TWO FATALITIES 

One Avalanche-Fall, the other a Water Accident

Two deaths, one on Mt. Whitney, in Sequoia-Kings National Park,
Sierra Wave, April 24, 2017.

High Sierra Safety Incidents

Mountain Safety Topics

 

 

A Park or a Zoo?
Over 5 Million Visitors To Yosemite In 2016 Boost Local Economies,
Sierra News Online, April 20, 2017.

 

 

Yosemite Seeks Public Input On Bridalveil Fall Rehab Project,
Sierra News Online, April 24, 2017.

Yosemite Park Planning

 

 

CAL FIRE’s new Ready for Wildfire app,
Cal Fire, PDF, April 17, 2017.

App Store or Google Play.

 

 

Lake Tahoe filled to the brim for first time in years (video),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 21, 2017.

 Earlier: Watching Tahoe Rise, March 17

Tahoe back to Natural Rim, Dec 16, 2016.

 

 

The Henhouse Wolves' Crocidile Tears:

What went wrong at Oroville? Congressional Democrats demand answers.
Sac Bee, April 21, 2017.

They know exactly what went wrong, as they are vital cogs within this corrupted system. Let me cut to the point of the Oroville story: Corrupted politicians allowed a dam to be built and maintained on the cheap to pad the profits of their bribers.

In California the corporates bribe the Democrats. They did it.

And, here we are, watching pot call kettle black. It’s as simple as that.

Extensive Oroville News Links Below

 

 

Offshored and Immigrated into Poverty...
We've Been Robbed...
The fading American dream: Economic mobility has nearly halved since 1940,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, April 24, 2017.


Our country’s human, natural, and economic resources have been asset-stripped by our corporate elite and their political minions. This forty year old party of greed’s over now, and the only way they have been staying rich and in power since 2007 has been by printing themselves up lots of our money at ZERO PERCENT INTEREST and increasing our public debt.


And They Ride us Like a Horse into a Dark Future


The economic elite still call the shots for financial policy,
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, April 24, 2017.

They will use peasant labor here and there.

 

Mammoth Mountain Sold!
Mammoth Times, April 13, 2017.

 

 

April 23 

Lyrid Metor Shower

Dominic Ford, In the Sky,
"The Lyrid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 23 April 2017. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 19 Apr to 25 Apr." 

 

Before dawn, Lyrid meteors and Venus!
Debra Bird's Earth-Sky.

April 22

Coming in from the East

No Passing Lane on Tioga,
The Sheet, April 22, 2017.

Note dude's warnings about treacherous Spring Conditions.
Another Caltrans team is working in from the West.

 

 

April 20

The Hits Just Keep Coming! Well, record after record...

NOAA: 2nd Hottest March on Record. When Was the last Below Average Month??
AGU Blogosphere, April 19, 2017.

 

VAST SNOW PACK
on 
SIERRA CREST

189 % of Average

 

 

On the other end of our Spectrum of Crazy
(That would be our instant shift from Drought to Flood)

Why ski resorts close when there’s still tons of snow,
Reno Gazetter-Journal, April 19, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

 

WAY too Much Light at Night:
New global map of Earth at night, (Video)
Earth Sky, April 14, 2017.

On YouTube

NASA
Featuring Darkness in the Night Skies.
Can you find any?

 

 

Soda Makes You Stupid? 

Is soda bad for your brain? (and is diet soda worse?)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, April 20, 2017.

It’s Just Getting you Ready for the Kill Shot

Diet drinks and possible association with stroke and dementia,
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, April 20, 2017.

It gets better? 

Sugar adds Fat 

Overfat” 

Aspartamane may prevent weight loss 

"The Key": Balance in motion over time & space

 

Health and Fitness

 

 

ASTRO WONDERS

Magnatar Madness 

A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery
After a surprise discovery, astrophysicists are racing to understand superenergetic flashes of radio waves that sometimes beep out from distant galaxies.

Previously

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

April 19

Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse. Here’s what he found.
Sac Bee, April 18, 2017.

See refs below next article.

 

Are We Ever Safe?
Not from Nature, but
FROM OURSELVES, from Our Own Leaders?
AP EXCLUSIVE: MANAGERS MADE ERRORS IN HANDLING OF DAM CRISIS,
AP, April 19, 2017.

California: Better lucky than honest or smart.

Earlier Oroville Information

Corruption, Costs, and Risks

Oroville a symbol of corruption

2005 Report, “Smoking Gun”

FERC is totally, historically, corrupt

Analysis

 

STOP HITTING YOURSELF:
20% !
Study on impact of climate change on snowpack loss in Western US
DOE/LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY, April 18, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

TYPICAL MAN

Hazardous chemicals go unregulated in routine oil and gas operations,
PSE HEALTHY ENERGY, April 19, 2017.

 

AMAZING NATURE

What's for Dinner? You!

Sea scorpions: The original sea monster,
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, April 18, 2017.

 

 

First evidence for higher state of consciousness found,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, April 19, 2017. 

 

Why don't fish freeze to death in icy water?
HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY, April 17, 2017.

 

April 17

California tribes fear abysmal salmon run may trigger public health crisis.
Sac Bee, April 14, 2017.

Earlier

Long Decline

 

Whoa

Retreating Yukon glacier caused a river to disappear,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

Going Buggy

Lyme disease imposes large cost on the northeast United States,
YALE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, April 17, 2017.

Health and Fitness

Mosquito News

 

Science

Creating time crystals,
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, April 17, 2017.

Earlier

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

Science of Graft...

Bids for Oroville Dam repairs top state estimates; $275.4 million the lowest,
Sac Bee, April 15, 2017.

See below...

April 14 

California’s water chief says he may release Oroville Dam documents after trying to keep them secret,
Sac Bee, April, 13, 2017.


History
Who is Jerry Brown?
Previous
Corrupt Govt Uses “Terror” to hide corruption & incompentence.


Why?
Oroville Dam is a POS

WHY?
Brown, Bribed Pols Will Kill you for BRIBES:

Phone Companies

Wastewater into Wells

No problem, trashing our water

No problem poisioning our crops

Brown’s Big Bribes for Big Oil

Brown Owned by Oil, we Boned by Oil

 

NASA confirms two moons in the Solar System are venting oceans into space,
Ocean Worlds Exploration Program could find life on icy moons in the 2020s.
Ars Technica, April 13, 2017.

Watch the geysers blow...

 

LATEST
Astro-Physics & Science

Jupiter Moon Europa

Echos of Authur C Clark

Our Moon’s Birth

Our Moon’s Orbit

 Original article below

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

April 13 

California expects new water-year record to be set this week,
Mercury News, , April 13, 2017.

 

Very Irresponsible Growth
Nearly two billion people depend on imported food
Researchers show empirically: When population pressure increases, food is imported,
April 13, 2017.

How many live below our future shoreline?

Sea-level rise in California could be catastrophic, study says,
SF Crate, April 12, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

ENDANGERED RIGHT WHALES DELIVER FEWEST BIRTHS IN 17 YEARS,
AP, April 12, 2017.

 

SwRI scientists discover evidence for a habitable region within Saturn's moon Enceladus,
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, April 13, 2017.

Watch the geysers blow...

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

April 12 

Salmon Season Slashed
Commercial salmon season slashed by lingering California drought impacts,
Mercury News, April 12, 2017.

See
Yesterday

April 7

April 6-5

Long Decline of Salmon

 

CORRUPTION causes, then hides behind TERROR
Jerry Brown’s administration blocks public review of Oroville Dam records,
Sac Bee, April 11, 2017.

Who is Jerry Brown?
Last:
Corrupt Govt Uses “Terror” to hide corruption & incompentence.

Why?
Oroville Dam is a POS

WHY?
Brown, Bribed Pols Will Kill you for BRIBES:

Phone Companies

Wastewater into Wells

No problem, trashing our water

No problem poisioning our crops

Brown’s Big Bribes for Big Oil

Brown Owned by Oil, we boned by Oil


Brown's Legasy:
Transformed California from the best place for
Working Class Living into a Third World Corporate State.


Federally:

FERC

Traitors fighting for last scraps…


We need a New Environmentalism. One that cleans up the political corruption that is the heart, soul, and source of our Ethical Meltdown. An ethical breakdown that has compromised our democracy and smashed our ecology. Sucked them both dry...

Institutional and individual moral failure by corrupted scumbags like Brown and his corporate dem co-conspirators are the real cause of our Environmental Destruction. We will not fix our environment without first "fixing" our corrupted politicians, such as Brown, and ending their evil, institutionalized political web of deceit, cheating, bribery, and corruption.

People who give, take, or work in a system of bribery are evil. This must be fixed.

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

HEALTH

US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants,
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 12, 2017.

Health and Fitness

NATURE

Warping the Web of Life
Are wolves becoming domesticated again?
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, April 12, 2017.

Leading animals down the wrong "trail," being the trail of our trash & destruction.

SCIENCE

The Current Line Up
The most accurate measurement of rare meson decay confirms modern physics,
THE HENRYK NIEWODNICZANSKI INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, April 12, 2017.

Cool subatomic Event Tracker

Find above the best simple explanation of sub atomic particles.

 

Dark Matter Effects
Waterloo researchers capture first image of a dark matter web that connects galaxies,
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, April 12, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

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April 11 

‘A cultural tragedy’: Karuk Tribe cuts salmon harvest to 200 fish,
Times Satndard, April 10, 2017.

I've met a few of those folks. Tough folks. Good folks. Been screwed over for a long time.

See below

Fish News

 

Another Cultural Tragedy:
National Level Jackass
Probe faults Yosemite’s ex-superintendent for style, but absolves him of gender bias, McClatchy, April 10, 2017.

Existential Crisis
I have been repeatedly informed by reliable long, long time Yos Fed employees that Neubacher was a jackass of jackasses, a true world-class leader of jackasses among jackasses. He set the tone and rhythm by which all the lesser Federal Jackasses in Yosemite brayed and stamped, and acted like the vain egotistical asses that many of them are... (my apologies to the exceptions)

Neubacher was the god of asses among asses.

Our whole system has lost its ethical compass. As Neubacher’s management “style” so clearly expresses, only our "leaders" egos, vanity, and pride exceeds their greed and corruption as their most common expressions of our "excpetional" national character.
This disgusting behavior is common among our “leaders” in government, politics, and business. They are personally and publically corrupt.

That must change. Ego, greed, and corruption are not exceptional in history.

Neubacher’s behavior is typical of how our corporate politicians and our corporate elite treats the common folk when they are out of the public eye and cover of the fawning, lying tongues of the corporate press. Our “leaders” are disgusting, abusive, power-seeking cheaters.

Then the corporate press tells us how "wonderful" they are. No, they are not.

Our whole country needs a major reform. We must make a major resolution to accept no more cheating or cheaters, no more bribery or bribers. Simply stated, we must each of us make sure that no one's self-interest is above our mutual legal, political, and constitutional obligations to each other.

This means we must put our mutual obligations to each other and our constitutional principals before our private religions, our private relations, and our private material self-interests. Country before corporation or corporate party.
Without this basic mutual public obligation, this mutual respect one for another's private rights, all of our private religions, relations, and interests become subject to whoever has the greatest power to impose their values upon the rest of us. Today this has led to whole groups of people who clearly put themselves far above our most basic rules of law.

That never works out well.

We become subject not to justice, but to the vanity, pride, and ego which are the unstoppable byproducts of our political system of greed-fueled bribery and corruption. This is exactly the situation we find ourselves in today. We find ourselves led by braying jackasses at every level of popular culture, politics, of our society and economy.

None of this is hidden. The bribery, corruption, and cheating making this possible are done right out in the open, right in front of us. We are now shameless as well as shameful.

We have a sound basis of ethics in our constitutional system. We just need to operate by its principals, rather than cheat them.

 

Drought & Flood 
Flood Valley fields: Farmer incentives would pump up aquifer recharge,
Fres Bee, April 7, 2017.

What Fresh Hell Sinks & Floods the Valley? Subsidence

 

NPR BOOK REVIEWS
'Where The Water Goes' Is Effortlessly Engaging — And Also Scary,
NPR, April 11, 2017.

Poor NPR Yuppies are supposedly our "free press," at exactly the same time our corporate aristocracy has built up a vast Corporate Growth Machine of Death that's eating whole ecosystems around our planet.
In the meantime, NPR and the corporate press speak to our growing eco-disaster as if it's in a vacuum. It's like they refuse to look at the causes, the inception and source of this vast continuing swath of destruction; our wildly irresponsible growth, as they put a concerned look on their faces and refuse to recognize or identify the dynamic sources of this damage in the consumer culture they front for. And now the consequences of their own actions scare them! Awww! Poor greedy idiots.

 

SCIENCE 

Whoa, Gravity Pauses the Mag of Electro-Mag? 
OK, Cool.
Physicists discover hidden aspects of electrodynamics
,
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, April 11, 2017.

  

The accidental discovery of LSD,
(video) AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 11, 2017.

 

Exacerbating the replication crisis in science: Replication studies are often unwelcome,
FRONTIERS, April 11, 2017.

I just don't know who you are anymore, science!

See Sighence, earlier 

Astro-Phys & Science News 

 

April 10 

FISH
A Grim Forecast for Klamath River Salmon Worries Tribes and Fishing Fleet,
KQED, April 7, 2017.

Earlier

Fish News

 

HEALTH
Bugs
Some bed bugs show early signs of resistance to 2 common insecticides,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, April 10, 2017.

 

Oh-Oh
Concern growing for brain-invading worms, spread by slugs and rats
,
Ars Technica, April 8, 2017.

"Karma Bugs" are everywhere, and they are spreading. They are the true "agents of change" that you can "believe in," for they are the real creations of our own actions, not the nonsensical materialistic dreams of cheaters.

"Karma Bugs" are the invasive diseases and the invasive mosquitoes carrying them. They find form in drought and flood. They are the blights, they are the massed climate & bioligical assualt troops our radical changes to our planet have unleashed across all part of the Earth, and they are coming to, if not already disrupting, an Eco System near you.

All of Nature's Forces have been stirred up by our unrelenting greed, and now they are all moving in new ways. Enjoy.

Health and Fitness

 

Bees
Swarm of bees in Las Vegas kills dog, injures people not long after similar Ceres attack,
Sac Bee, April 8, 2017.

Killer Bees

Bee News

 

PGE Loses Gas without Fracking:
THEY BLOW UP TOWNS...
Potentially explosive methane gas mobile in groundwater, poses safety risk: U of G study,
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, April 5, 2017.

 

How ‘Incompetent Rock’ Led to the Oroville Dam Crisis,
KQED, April 7, 2017.

Not Incompetent Rock
Incompetent & Corrupted Politicians & Political Parties have asset-stripped our society, economy, and environment. Oroville and the changing weather driving our water system into the ground are products of our own irresponsible, corrupt behaviors.

Cheaters dominate our society, and this has damaged everything.

 

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April 7 

Oroville Disaster May Have Been Caused by Weak Soil Under Spillway,
Water Deeply, April 7, 2017.


Oroville Dam repairs will be long, complicated. Here’s a look at who might do the work.
Sac Bee, April 6, 2017.

Last Oroville News

Major Points

 

WATER IS FOR FIGHTING
Stop LA Any Way
Mighty L.A. water agency wants a share of Valley’s Sites Reservoir – and is willing to pay, Sac Bee, April 6, 2017.

 

Children of the Sierra
Delta could be designated state’s first national heritage area,
Record Net, April 6, 2017.

 

The ‘last generation of salmon fishermen?’
Times Standard, April 6, 2017.

Letter calls for approval of fishery disaster funds,
Times Standard, April 5, 2017.

Salmon in long, long decline.

 

 

More Emotionally Honest, if not Intelligent:
You spy with your little eye -- dogs can adopt the perspective of humans,
UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE -- VIENNA, April 7, 2017.

 

April 6 

More Snow for the Pack
Northern Sierra is now only 5 inches from wettest water year on record,
SF Chron, April 6, 2017.

  

More Fuel for the Fire
How will rainy winter affect fire season? More summer grass fires, officials predict,
San Berdo Sun, April 5, 2017.

The drought's fire-land scars and its bumper crop of drought-killed Sierra trees through all the Western Flank Forests are going to come out of the melting snow as vast rafts of moving terrain. Then it will catch on fire... well, we better hope we don't get warm rains.

Where is all of this strange, extreme weather all Coming From? It's a clear reflection of us...

 

Blob Mom
Scientists link California droughts and floods to distinctive atmospheric waves,
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH, April 6, 2017.

The Blob

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Big Changes Just STARTING
The Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, April 6, 2017.


LAND, SEA, & AIR,
MA NATURE'S WILD RIDE:
Buckle up! Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence,
INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, April 6, 2017.

 

Salmon Getting Pounded
State panel may make river fishing closure permanent,
Record Searchlight, April 4, 2017.

Earlier

 

Terrestrial Corruptions
Don't Trust them a BIT:
DWR excavating Diversion Pool under emergency federal permit,
Chico ER, April 5, 2017.

Last Oroville News

 

The Bees are Screwed:
To save honey bees, human behavior must change,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, April 6, 2017.

Our history and current behavior shows we don't change our behavior for anyone or anything, even to save each other or ourselves... We cannot restrain ourselves enough to even save ourselves, when our own, "self-interest" is involved. The bees are feeling the same forces of humanity that are driving all of Nature towards a general extinction event.

 

Genes key to killer bee's success,
UPPSALA UNIVERSITY, April 5, 2017.

KIller Bees In Northern California

 

Neonicotinoids detected in drinking water in agricultural area,
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 5, 2017.

 

House fly mortality by artificial sweetener: Starvation, not toxicity,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, April 5, 2017. 

 

April 4

There's a cost to 'bee-ing' too smart, U of G professor finds,
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, April 4, 2017.

Why keep learing when it is not effective? As the article alludes, these practices are examples how life "stores" many attributes or, “solutions,” that may not be perfect to solve today’s problems.
But these alternative attributes or, “solutions” provide a useful range of alternative strategies to deal with environmental changes. Smart bees could be an vital asset in shifting scenarios. Thus the “standard” bees, and life generally, creates and maintains a range of potential solutions, of variations to deal with variations in our changing environment.

Life forms and keeps a range of tools and backup plans at the ready, even when it's using just one. So do smart backpackers...

Bees News

 

Intelligence Applied
Scientists capture video of dolphins risking death to eat octopus,
Ars Technica, Arpil 4, 2017.

 

Tracking the Bear 
Yosemite National Park tracks journey of bears online,
Press Democrat, April 3, 2017.

Keep Bears Wild Bear Tracker

Bear News

 

Tracking the Bloom
Hunting “Peak Bloom” in a California Desert,
NASA Earth Observatory, April 3rd, 2017.

  

Animal species you might not know inhabit the Tahoe region,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 4, 2017.

Animal, Plant, Bird Identification Links

Living Things Forum

 

SKEETER ALERT
Expected, and this will worsen before improving
Flooding causes explosion of mosquitoes in Stanislaus County; districts to seek FEMA, funds, Mod Bee, April 3, 2017.

Mosquito News 

 

Hate you Later, Bro...
Berkeley’s homeless Hate Man dies at 80,
SF Chron, April 3, 2017.

 

April 3 

Weather Note
Clear. Big Highs moving inland, East on to & over Coast of California.
Big Low forming in Gulf Alaska.
CREST WARMING UP,
Alley between Low & High for Tropical Moisture Transport opening up.

Substantial blast of precip heading our way in 4-5 days. Question is, how warm will it be? 
Warm rains across the crest bring disaster.

Calendar the Progress of the Storm

Weather Page

Rain

Weather Maps

 

FLOODING DANGER RISING AS VALLEY SINKS:

LAND-WATER-FLOODING
Swiss Cheese Valley
Melting snowpack and sinking land threaten Valley communities with flooding,
Sac Bee, April 1, 2017.

Getting that sinking feeling? Good. Your Valley is sinking.

 

The Big Melt: Here it comes; most reservoirs should be fine,
Recordnet, March 31, 2017.

A more realistic assesment: 
March 8 Weather Possibilities & Future Flooding Prospects 
The KEY Question:
Where Will the High Go?

For Much More Info,
See
Climate Change News.

 

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Watching a Lifetime of Decline
Unprecedented delay in California abalone season shuts down North Coast in April,
Press Democrat, April 1, 2017.

Salmon taking a beating, too.

 

 

Dept. of Life is Amazing

Tiny plankton wields biological 'gatling gun' in microbial Wild West,
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, April 3, 2017.


SEA & AIR CONNECTIONS
Close connection between deep currents and climate,
HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR OCEAN RESEARCH KIEL (GEOMAR), April 3, 2017.

 

 

HEALTH
Low-calorie sweeteners promote fat accumulation in human fat,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 3, 2017.

"Low-calorie, artificial sweeteners appear to play havoc with the body's metabolism"

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Bad Sugar

Health and Fitness

 

Don't Worry, my fellow "Test Subjects!"
Pyrethroid pesticide exposure appears to speed puberty in boys,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

This "effect" will be "offset" by the Estrogen in the BPA & BPS!
See the next two articles below.

Wiki

Health and Fitness

 

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April 1

Dickiebird, Accident and Conditions, PCT, Fuller Ridge Mile 178-190,
Whiteblaze, March 24, 2017.

High Sierra Mountain SafetyL Accident & Rescue Log

High Sierra Mountain Safety: Threats 

 

2017
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
April 1.

N Sierra: 147%

Cen. Sierra: 175%

S Sierra: 166%

Ca State: 164%

 

Specific Depth Readings

High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar 

 

More

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

Last Readings:

March 27

March 1

 

General Notes
on
Spring Conditions
&
"Open" Spring Conditions?

NOT THIS YEAR:

HUGE PACK ON THE CREST

Typically,
"It Depends."
Conditions on the ground each year, NOT a date on the calendar, determines our gear and skills requirements.

Spring has been clearing mountain trails earlier and earlier over the the last twenty-five years, and especially the last seven years.

THAT TREND DIED THIS YEAR

CONDITIONS ARE CRAZY ON THE GROUND:
DEEP, DEEP SNOW ON SIERRA CREST
RAGING RIVERS COMING SOON

Bottom Line
No snow skills? No snow gear?

NO GO!!

NOTE
As of April 6 these already difficult terrain conditions are being compounded by
MOUNTAIN STORM CONDITIONS.

 

SPRING THREATS ON FULL DISPLAY
April 1, 2017
BACKPACKER ALERT
The most important topic of this date is the massive snowpack on the Sierra Crest and the extreme danger it poses to PCT hikers. The dangers of High Altitude Snow Travel will soon be supplemented by very dangerous fording conditions when this snowpack begins to thaw.

These conditions require skills, gear, and fitness to assure any level of safe travel as of this date. Undercutting and safety along the banks of creeks emerging from snow cover is currently increasing, as will the difficulty of travel conditions increase as the pack softens under the increasing heat of Spring.

Extremely difficult travel conditions will soon shift from hard snow that defies traction to wet snow offering no foundation. We will shortly transition from barely clinging to the mountain-side to sinking up to our waists with each step. As Spring progresses cold mornings will bring the former condition, warm afternoons the latter.

The same temp shift driving the changing character of the snow pack will soon drive even the highest river fords to levels unsafe for fording, and make the major rivers raging torrents of destruction. These temp shifts change the character of the Sierra.

The snowpack itself will become sopping wet, saturating anything and anyone in contact with it. These are the times that hikers without sufficient insulation can find cold combining with exhaustion to degrade decision making as well as technical execution & style to create very dangerous situations. I see Wet, cold, and tired PCT hikers surrounded by a sea of deep, wet, energy-sucking snow divided by an endless series of raging torrents of typically tiny High Sierra creeks surging like rivers, each supercharged by Spring's mighty flows.

The trails will be flowing like creeks, when we get down to them. And they will lead to the mighty rivers, which will be downright scary, once this massive snow pack begins to melt in earnest.

Updated
April 1 Backpacker Alert Page

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Dept. of Our Population & Planet are Vast Test Subjects:
Gender and Liver Confusion

Early-life BPA exposure reprograms gene expression linked to fatty liver disease,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

"Because these endocrine disruptors are ubiquitous in the environment, a large portion of the population may be affected by developmental reprogramming."

No Kidding? Flooding our environment with "endocrine disruptors" has "reprogrammed" kid's development? Wow, I wonder what that would do to a vast population...

Ultimately I believe we are seeing the results of this particular "experiment" bringing the rise of a tremendous amount of gender confusion, the “metorsexual,”and uni-gender bathrooms, so far.

 

“BPA FREE”
Test Results Coming in After Public Exposure:

Exposure to BPA substitute, BPS, multiplies breast cancer cells,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

"Hopes for a safer..BPA" coming to naught as testing AFTER PUBLIC DEPLOYMENT shows BPS is also a powerful endocrine disruptor. Who would have THUNK that? 

Perhaps we should test these chemicals BEFORE we test them on the public? No, that would get in the way of profits, and those profits are what bribes our politicans, who keep the "profits" fat & flowing by preventing rational safety regulation in all aspects of American life.

Crushing your lives is very, very profitable.

Health and Fitness

 

SIGHENCE
How sloppy science creates worthless cures and wastes billions,
Ars Technica, April 1, 2017.

Define Sighence (Guide)

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

Downstream Implications
Why Oroville Dam’s woes could cut into California water supplies,
Sac Bee, March 31, 2017.

 

Earlier Oroville Information

Corruption, Costs, and Risks

Oroville a symbol of corruption

2005 Report, “Smoking Gun”

FERC is totally, historically, corrupt

Analysis

 

 

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