February and March 2017 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 01 February 2017

 High Sierra Backpacker News


February
and 
March 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. 

LATEST NEWS BELOW

Last Updated
March 31, 2017

 

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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.

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

 

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

 

Mountain Safety News & Topics

High Sierra Rescue Log

 

MARCH 22 BACKPACKER ALERT

FEBRUARY 20 BACKPACKER ALERT

 

Day Length

Late March:
Day length increasing +2:26 per day.
See bottom-right of this page for local Sunrise-Sunset.

ALL TIME REFS

 

Night Skies

Late March
Mars & Venus in Western Sky
Venus setting before sunset now,
Mercury then Mars shortly after sunset.

OBSERVE MERCURY

Jupiter near Opposition: look up at Midnight.
(In Virgo)

OBSERVE JUPITER

Early Evening Skies:
Winter Skies are Fleeting
Orion the Hunter and the Winter Circle

 

Upcoming
All you need to know: March equinox,
Earth-Sky, March 15, 2017.

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

Inside NASA 
NASA Tech/Astro Images of the Day


  

High Sierra Roads 

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

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

 

 

NEWS
Last Updated

March 31

DWR & FERC:
Real Dam Terror is Hiding Corruptions, Risks, & Costs!
Oroville Dam documents kept secret by state, federal officials,
Sac Bee, March 31, 2017.

Below
Oroville a symbol of corruption

2005 Report, “Smoking Gun”

FERC is totally, historically, corrupt

Analysis

 

SKEETERS
New study sheds light on how mosquitoes wing it,
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, March 30, 2017.

Mosquito News

 

SPACE
Dept. of "Something Happened."
Mysterious cosmic explosion surprises astronomers studying the distant x-ray universe,
PENN STATE, March 30, 2017.

Explaining the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy,
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, March 30, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

March 30

Status
What drought? Sierra Nevada snowpack at 164 percent of normal,
The Mercury News, March 29, 2017.

FULL Sierra Snowpack Status, Tahoe to Whitney, March 28.

 

Legislators, fishermen discuss future of state fisheries,
Times-Standard, March 29, 2017.

Earlier Salmon news below

Earlier Salmon news, climate page

 

Oh, My Aching Skies...
5 ways climate change is affecting Stockton,
Recordnet, March 29, 2017.

NEW MEXICO HIT BY 'FLASH DROUGHT' WEATHER PHENOMENON,
AP, March 29, 2017.

Averages vs. Reality

The Weather Changed...

 

March 29 

Health
Journal: Researchers can track hazardous chemicals from fast-food wrappers in the body,
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM, March 29, 2017.

Earlier Article, below

Health and Fitness

Bad Weather-Bad Health
'Weather whiplash' triggered by changing climate will degrade Midwest's drinking water,
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, March 29, 2017.

 

Solving the mystery of the Arctic's green ice,
HARVARD JOHN A. PAULSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES, March 29, 2017.

Climate Change News

 


Amazing Life
Social bees have kept their gut microbes for 80 million years,
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, March 29, 2017.

Bee News

 

Encounters with Jupiter send asteroid on a bizarre backward spin,
Ars Technica, March 29, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

Screw DNC 
A Trump family lawyer and D.C. insider enters fight over trademarked Yosemite names,
McClatchy, March 27, 2017.


Greedy Rip-Off Story: 
Yosemite concessionaire wants $44 million for trademarked park names,
1-5-16, Sac Bee.

Main
DNC Thieves Article

 More 
See DNC May 2016

See DNC Jan 2016 

 

More Yosemite News

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

YOSEMITE ALERTS

CalTrans

Yosemite Conservancy Provides $12 Million To Yosemite NP,
Sierra News Online, March 27, 2017.

March 28

Oroville Dam spillway shut down again as state officials work on long-term plan,
Sac Bee, March 27, 2017.

Last Oro News, below


Massive whale formation gathers off Pt. Reyes,
SF Crate, March 27, 2017.

 

Change You Can Believe In:
Flood Waters Inundate Coastal Peru,
Earth Observatory, NASA, March 29, 2017

Seasonal warming leads to smaller animal body sizes,
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, March 28, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

 

Marathon running may cause short-term kidney injury,
YALE UNIVERSITY, March 28, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

MATH & SPACE SCIENCE 

MATH STORIES
Math, particularly the questions posed by proving conjectures and first finding, then explaining the contradictory nature of reality, sometimes have all the hallmarks of a classic mystery novel.
This recent proof is the latest, but we've been seeing some interesting things showing up "in the numbers," recently. Such as an undiscovered planet, as well as undiscovered mathamatical relationships. We live in Very Interesting Times.

Gaussian Correlation Inequality, or GCI, below

Geometric Math Drama

Planet Nine by the Numbers


A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost,
Quanta, March 28, 2017.


Why is this interesting or important?

It's The Ultimate Search
“The One Theory”
IT is the root of all the religious bibbles and math models

PRIMER 
Theories of Everything, Mapped,
August 3, 2015, Quanta.

Backpacker's Navigational Context of Time and Space

 

SPOOKY MATTER
NIST physicists show ion pairs perform enhanced 'spooky action,'
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST), March 28, 2017.

(This is my “dimension with no space," linked to above, and further below that, here.)


DEEP SPACE when TIME was YOUNG
A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold,
Quanta, March 23, 2017.

All Astro-Physics News

 


CYCLES and CIRCLES OF LIFE

High Sierra Research
Researchers discover dust plays prominent role in nutrients of mountain forest ecoystems, UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING, March 28, 2017.

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood,
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, March 28, 2017.

 

Nambian Fairy Circles
IUPUI researcher weighs in on fairy circles of Namibia,
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, March 28, 2017.

Also See
Sierra grass lines

Tree Forum

 


THE BUZZ
Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination,
Researchers quantify the cleaning process,
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, March 28, 2017.

Bee News

 

HUMAN TOXICS EXPERIMENTS
A sad state of affairs
New report finds EPA's controlled human exposure studies of air pollution are warranted,
NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE, March 28, 2017.

Do the prisnors get an extra blanket? Extra rations? Well, this is just a small example of the “global test” that our vast release of poisions and carcogens that is already in progress. Our Cancer and Autism rates are of our own creation, products of our own corruptions.

 

March 27

Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
March 27.

N Sierra: 145%

Cen. Sierra: 174%

S Sierra: 166%

Ca State: 163%

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Last Reading:
March 1

 

SCIENCE in the SKY

Hydrocarbon Land, hydrocarbon lakes, & hydrocarbon sand...
The electric sands of Titan,
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, March 27, 2017.

 

This blue-sky image of Pluto is absolutely stunning,
Ars Technica, March 25, 2017.

Pluto back?

Astro News

 

SCIENCE on the GROUND

'Australia's Jurassic Park' the world's most diverse,
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, March 26, 2017.

 

Today in science: Great Alaska earthquake,
Earth-Sky, March 27, 2017.

Geology News

 

Race to the Bottom Nearing its End:

Saint Louis University researchers predict Zika hot spots in the US,
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, March 27, 2017.

Note that “lifestyle” was previously cited (skeeter page) as a barrier to mosquito-borne disease transmission in the USA, while this current study locates and cites what appears to be large pockets of dire poverty and third world living conditions right here in the USA.
The difference appears to be that the previous study operates under the delusion that we are still living in a middle class America with health, safety, and the standards of a society that no longer exists, and that this pretended affluence offers some kind of “protection.” The story cited above does not depend on things that don't exist any longer.

The reality we’ve created in the USA is much different than our self-deluded self-perceptions and the corporate media propaganda trumpets. Notice that our goals are now, "aspirational." Our middle class has been pushed below the event horizon of Third World Poverty in the USA. Now we Americans have been given the privilidge to aspire to the "American Dream!"

Mission Accomplished!

Thank your corporate-subsidized politicians and their global network of supporters for the changing weather, the surging mosquitoes, and the spread of disease and poverty their relentless, global pursuit of unrestricted greed has wrought, among other "blessings" too numerous to list here.  Except "terror."

I've noticed folks stop trying to kill you when you stop stealing their shit.

Mosquito News

 

Race to the Bottom
Nearing its End:
CONGRATULATIONS!
You've Been "Privitized"

Why This California Town’s Water Costs Way More Than the National Average,
KQED, March 25, 2017.

I am not a commie, a marxist, or even a socialist. I am a R-W-B American. But I don't see any "general welfare" possibilities in allowing rapacious private interests, a corporate aristocracy, to control and squeeze the life out of us for the most basic essentials of life, such as municipal electricty, water, sewage, and garbage, let alone the more critical services of medicine and education.

I have watched greed bleed our social infrastructure dry since Nixon tried to conceal his greed, through Regan's glorification of greed, to Clinton's complete unchaining, unrestraining, and "deregulating" open institutional and personal greed and corruption.

We have not just been robbed, we are now at the end stages of a classic, "asset-stripping." 

This has happened before.
Read,
Confessions of a Reformer.
Frederic C. Howe, C. Scribners Sons, 1925.

 

March 24

SURPRISE! 
Oroville Dam a POS:
Damage, design flaws in Oroville Dam spillway point to lengthy repairs, consultants say,
Sac Bee, March 23, 2017.

The earlier review of Oroville in 2005, as well as its "passing" recent inspections must all be reviewed in light of what the expert in the above article calls design flaws that are, "gross and obvious.” Especially since he says, "he was surprised the spillway didn’t fail decades ago."
more

2005 Report

FERC is totally, historically, corrupt

 

Gotta love the Mail
The 'Big One' will be deadlier than thought: A massive earthquake could plunge large parts of California (LA!) into the sea INSTANTLY, Daily Mail, March 22, 2017.

Though sensational, as ever, the Mail has vaild points:

Also See,
LA at Risk

Geology News

 

Dept. of LIFE is AMAZING

Why do guillemot chicks leap from the nest before they can fly?
AARHUS UNIVERSITY, March 24, 2017.

 

HEALTH & MOTIVATION

Paying for pain: What motivates tough mudders and other weekend warriors?
JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, March 22, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

SPAAAAAACE
Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, March 23, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

 

March 23

WATER-WATER:
CA's Wild Swing from Drought to Flood Fears

CALIFORNIA RACES NATURE, CLOCK TO MAKE KEY DAM REPAIRS,
AP, March 23, 2017.

Anderson Dam: Residents raise concerns about water district’s management of structure,
Mercury News, March 23, 2017.

 

Oroville Dam: Evacuation warnings lifted for Butte County,
Sac Bee, March 22, 2017.

Lake Oroville inflows double in 24 hours, near 45K cfs outflows,
Chico ER, March 21, 2017.

 

Future Prospects
 Ars Technica Live: California’s floods and droughts are just the beginning,
Ars Technica, March 23, 2017.

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

HEALTH

We have been poisoned, again, by bribed politicians...
Weedkiller chemical (glyphosate) safety standards need urgent review,
BMJ, March 23, 2017.


What Do We Really Know About Roundup Weed Killer?
Nat Geo, April 23, 2015.

We KNOW we have been poisoned, again, by bribed politicians...

MIT Researcher: Glyphosate Herbicide will Cause Half of All Children to Have Autism by 2025,
Health Impact News, March 23, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

SCIENCE

Gravitational waves may defeat new theories of gravity,
New theories of gravity fail to handle gravitational waves’ impact on Milky Way.
Ars Technica, March 16, 2017.


Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle,
ICFO-THE INSTITUTE OF PHOTONIC SCIENCES, March 22, 2017.


Also See
Science Creates, Evades, “Observer Effect”

Astro-Phys & Science News

 


March 21, 2017

Lake Tahoe weather: 10-20 inches of snow forecast by Wednesday up top,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, March 20, 2017.

What this week’s storms mean for California’s flood control system,
Sac Bee, March 21, 2017.

It's not these two storms this week we have to worry about. It's the third, much more powerful one now forming in the East Pac and moving our way. We are going to see serious problems if that storm is reinforced by tropical activity off the NW coast of Indonesia. 

Then, the prospect of an enduring series of warm tropical Spring rains on a record breaking snow pack brings the possibility of local and widespread catastrophic Spring thaw events.

Weather Analysis
below

March 18

March 8

February 2017 Backpacker Alert

LA mayor declares emergency on potential aqueduct flooding due to ‘historic’ winter storms, LA Daily News, March 20, 2017.

 

Number abilities in humans, birds and fish are based in brain's subcortex,
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST, March 21, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

Almond-crop fungicides a threat to honey bees,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, March 21, 2017.

Bees News

 

Yosemite Audubon Field Trip: Merced River Canyon to Yosemite,
Sierra News Online, March 21, 2017.

 

El Nino

Under the Surface of El Niño,
Earth Observatory, March 21, 2017.

Comprehensive El Nino Info

El Niño
Pacific Wind and Current Changes Bring Warm, Wild Weather,
Earth Observatory, February 14, 2017.


El Nino Ocean Video
Aussie Academic Article & Video

On You Tube

Tahoe to Whitney Weather Page
EL Nino Information

More Film:
Fantastic Video:
Antarctic Video

Recent
El Nino News

Feb 23

Feb 21

Tracking 2016 El Nino

 

 

March 20, 2017

River running high as DWR opens space in Lake Oroville,
Chico ER, March 19, 2017.

DWR says cost of crisis at Oroville Dam tops $100M; spillway gates reopened,
Chico ER, March 17, 2017.

See
money and responsibility,
below.

 

Yale-led study: Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans,
YALE UNIVERSITY, March 20, 2017.

 

March 19, 2017 

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! 

  

For the Upcoming Vernal Equinox:
A Terrestrial Year from Space,
APOD, March 19, 2017.

Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, March 17, 2017.

The Art and Science of Storm Analysis and Prediction 
The Nor'Easter of March 14: What are its Lessons for the Weather Community?
Cliff Mass, March 16, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

Two Debris Flows
Rain, snowmelt have filled Tuolumne River with debris,
Sac Bee, March 16, 2017.

Koshe, Ethiopia: the worst garbage dump landslide in recent years,
AGU Landslide Blog, March 17, 2017.

 

Salton Sea
CALIFORNIA: $400 MILLION PLAN TO SLOW LARGEST LAKE SHRINKAGE,
AP, March 16, 2017.

California has a new $383 million plan for the shrinking Salton Sea,
Desert Sun, March 17, 2017.

 

Skeeter Tech
For female mosquitoes, two sets of odor sensors are better than one,
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, March 17, 2017.

Mosquito News

March 18, 2017
CHANGING-PROSPECTS
Marine Layer, changing, Low breaking apart in Gulf Alaska, stationary Big High along Ca Coast moving & splitting apart, but reforming to the South.

We've had a Big High since the Sixth, beginning to break down since the 14th, and it's now lapsing.

This same High that has been transporting tropical moisture around its Northern circumference, and around us, to points North of the Oregon border is now moving far enough South to transport that moisture here.

Since the Sixth we've seen a constant line of weak Lows moving NE out of the SW which end up wandering around Gulf Alaska before dispelling or moving East

These Lows will roll across the Sierra if the High moves and stays South.

My focus moves to the Southwestern portion of the North Pacific when the High & Low patterns in the East Pacific off the California Coast "open" a sub-tropical transport alley between them.

When that happens I look to the traditional "hot spot" for storms off the NE coast of Indonesia.
The potentially monster storms born there can spew huge amounts of hot tropical moisture right to the top of the troposphere.

From that vantage point their disposition depends on the configuration and motions of Pacific Highs and Lows.

Right now a great storm off the coast of Indonesia has reached it end and is fizzling out:

Tropical Storm Activity

The other thing I look at is the water temps around there, off the NE coast of Indonesia. They appear to be chilling out.

Pacific Ocean Temps

Both the storm activity and the water temps were just "High and Hot," respectively, and have just relaxed as our potential storm window has opened up. This reduces the moisture coming our way, for now.

Watch Indonesian Tropical Storms and the Sea Surface Temps on and in the larger oceanic basin context provided by the
NORTH PACIFIC 14 DAY SURFACE LOOP with 96 HOUR FORECAST.
Set it for 14 days and watch it go.

Things could fire up again quite quickly.

I must note that this has been a freakish Winter. It has been a "tropical" Winter with all the action dominated by storms out of the West and Southwest. Mostly the Southwest. We've only had a couple of Lows out of the Northwest make it this far South this Fall and Winter. The Norhtwest has little to do with our weather anymore. The weather and its dominate center have decisively shifted from North to South.

 

March 17, 2017

Lake Tahoe expected to fill up with largest physical rise in recorded history,
SF Gate, March 17, 2017.

Earlier Tahoe Flows

 

Highly contagious infection threatens endangered San Joaquin kit fox population,
MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION, March 17, 2017.


New Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula,
Hunting for rogue planets and runaway stars, March 17, 2017.

Orion Observation Information

All Sky Constellation & Star Chart

 

March 16, 2017

Father of Yosemite Rock Climbing Dies at 82,
Royal Robbins pioneered the technique and ethics of big wall climbing.
Nat Geo, March 15, 2017.

Climbing-Backpacking Interface
Tuolumne Meadows Resuppy & Climber Mecca

 

Inland Empire still Dry 
Area water basins still hovering at record low levels, managers says,
The Sun, March 14, 2017.

 

HEALTH
58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home, BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, March 16, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

To kill ticks, target their animal hosts,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, March 16, 2017.

Mosquito News

 

GEO HISTORY
Parts of the Earth's original crust remain in place today,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, March 16, 2017.

Geology News

 

SPAAAACE
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

March 15, 2017

With Some Chinook in Trouble, California Faces ‘a Pathetic Scrap’ of a Salmon Season,
KQED, March 14, 2017.

 

Oroville Dam Crisis

Editorial: Taxpayers deserve transparency on Oroville expenses,
Mercury News, March 13, 2017.

Dam Life:
The Life & Times of Oroville Dam 
We the people of California have been transparently ripped-off to fund developer's and banker's irresponsible growth since the beginning. My favorite historical example is US Congress funding the first Rail Barons to build private railroads. The Barons used these to control and bleed dry all business, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, & etc. within their "realms." This was at the inception of California, and not much has changed since then.
more

More
Oroville Dam Crisis

 

Another Blow to Ca Water System:
Damage at Contra Costa County reservoir halts pumping,
SF Gate, March 14, 2017.

More
Just weeks after Oroville Dam crisis, damage found in another key California reservoir,
Sac Bee, March 14, 2017.

 

 

Officials working on access to Yosemite Valley floor,
Recordnet, March 13, 2017.

YOSEMITE ALERTS

CalTrans

Road Problems this Year,
below
March 12 
March 2 
&
Feb 27

Also see
list above

 

Did humans create the Sahara desert?
FRONTIERS, March 14, 2017.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling,
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA, March 14, 2017.

Also See
Climate Change News

 

Butterfly Mystery
Report: Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines,
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, March 14, 2017.

Butterfly News

Spiders eat 400-800 million tons of prey every year,
UNIVERSITY OF BASEL, March 14, 2017.

Spiders

Flies and bees act like plant cultivators,
UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH, March 14, 2017.

Bees

 

March 13, 2017

Is there too much water behind Oroville Dam? Critics say Army Corps standards unsafe,
Sac Bee, March 13, 2017.

California Major Reservoir Graphic

Daily Reservoir Storage Summary

 

Nevada dam in race against Sierra snowmelt,
Reno Gazette-Journal, March 13, 2017.

Report: Nevada Snowpack This Year May Meet Or Break Records,
CPR, March 11, 2017.

MASSIVE Snow Pack.

More (all) Snow Info

 

March 12, 2017 

 TIME
Daylight Savings Time
Set clocks ahead one hour,
"Spring Forward, Fall Back."

TIME
References & History

Proof Daylight Saving Time Is Dumb, Dangerous, and Costly,
Bloomturd, March 10, 2017.

 

Highway 41 To Yosemite Reopening,
Sierra News Online, March 12, 2017.

 

SUNDAY SCIENCE
Catchup

New images of Saturn’s walnut-shaped moon dazzle scientists,
Ars Technica, March 9, 2017.

Debra Byrd of Eath-Sky on Pan

APOD Pan Image

 

Convergent con artists: How rove beetles keep evolving into army ant parasites,
CELL PRESS, March 9, 2017.

 

Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes?
HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS, March 9, 2017.

 

'Blurred times' in a quantum world,
Clocks at the interplay of the 2 fundamental theories of modern physics,
UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA, March 9, 2017.

Astro-Phys & Science News

 

Pack of 7 gray wolves missing in Northern California,
Sac Bee, March 11, 2017.

 

March 10, 2017

Political Corruption of “Our” Politicans
EXPOSED?

WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST,
National Geo Feature Documentary, March 14.


What Happened at Lake Oroville?
SF Chron, March 8, 2017.

WHY?
See
Issues Identified in 2005

Reflections on Oroville Crisis

 

Proof Daylight Saving Time Is Dumb, Dangerous, and Costly,
Bloomturd, March 10, 2017.

 

March 9, 2017

Damaged main spillway of Oroville Dam to reopen next week,
Sac Bee, March 8, 2017.


California storms: Wettest water year, so far, in 122 years of records,
East Bay Times, March 8, 2017.

 

March 8, 2017 

A MASSIVE Snow Pack.

More (all) Snow Info

 Note
(Now's the Time to go snow camping in the High Sierra.)

 OVERVIEW

Today we have exited a brief 2+ day spell of frontal activity after six fairly dry days. Now we look forward to another six or seven days of low or no precipitation. These are more rainless days over two weeks than we had during the months of Dec, Jan, and Feb.

This break is vitally necessary for current and future conditions. Besides recovery from disasterous flooding, this break is allowing a completely over-saturated Earth to recover while letting the human infrastructure built upon it drain as much capacity as possible before the snow begins to melt.

We face upcoming "moments of truth," when the rising tempertures begin to melt this epic snow-pack in earnest, measured against reservoir capacity. Will the Water Manager's predictions match reality? Will they be able to bleed-off excess reservoir capacity fast enough to avoid breaking the system while still preventing, or at least not causing widespread flooding? These are the Questions.

All, "bets will be off," if the Skies of Spring begin transporting tropical moisture from Hawaii towards California and the Sierra. As conditions have all Fall and Winter long, so far.

Until now.

This begs the question, is this big gap in the weather we are seeing just one big "sucker hole," or has the weather, "turned a corner?" The answer lays in the Instability of Spring.

It appears we have "turned a corner," from the enduring pattern of a persistant low in Gulf Alaska drawing tropical moisture out of the SW. So far no other pattern has yet established a convincing persistance in the face of the lengthening days. This (potential) inconsistancy itself is saying something in the context of lengthening days and the rising trajectory of the Sun.

It looks to me like the inconsistancy of Spring has begun.

Neither blasts of fridig Arctic Fronts out of the Northwest, nor vast transport mechanisms carrying torrential tropical downpours out of the Sub-Tropics would surprise me at this time of year. The answer lays in the simple question, "where will the High go?" Let's look at three likely outcomes, or the "patterns" our future outcomes will "cycle" through.

1> Everything goes around us if the coastal ridging we've seen the last five years sets up again. This would be represented by a persistant High off the Ca. coast.

2> A "normal" Hadly-Cell High in Gulf Alaska for this time of year would likely bring intermittent cold showers out of NW through Spring.

3> A High positioned "low" in relation to Ca. coast could combine with Lows in Gulf Alaska to construct the dreaded, "Tropical Transport Mechanism," bringing heavy rains.

At this point I expect the future to cycle through all these positions at least once before our Spring rainstorms dispell into the heat of Summer. The character of this Spring will be established by which positions predominate.

 

State of Chaos 

Governor declares state of emergency for storm-wrenched California,
SFCrate, March 8, 2017.

The page below and the previous news page covering December and January document the heavy, record-level precipitation Ca has received this Fall and Winter.

 

Editorial: DWR shouldn’t be nonchalant with its dam debris,
Chico ER, March 4, 2017.

More info below 

 

Time Crystals

Researchers create 'time crystals' envisioned by Princeton scientists
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, March 8, 2017.

Time Crystals

 

Ancient Wisdom

Fish, selective hunting strategies and a delayed-return lifestyle among ancient foragers,
LUND UNIVERSITY, March 8, 2017.

Asprin and Penicillium!

Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used 'aspirin,'
UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, March 8, 2017.

Past to Present Remembering

Australia was colonized by a single group 50,000 years ago,
ArsTechnica, March 8, 2017.

REMEMBER WHY

Memorization tool bulks up brain's internal connections, Stanford scientists say,
STANFORD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, March 8, 2017.

Why Such Memory Capacity?
For stupid “Card Tricks?”
(No. See articles above: A tool for dealing with & reflecting the complexity of Nature.)


Common Sense is Uncommon Now-a-days

Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors associated with cardiometabolic risk factors,
UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI, March 8, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

Architecture & Infrastructure
of
Folly

Chicago waterways -- still flowing after over 100 years,
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES,
March 7, 2017.

Fault system off San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles counties could produce magnitude 7.3 quake,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO, March 7, 2017.

Earlier
Quake Hazard off SoCal Coast, 2015

Geology News

 

 Wonders of Water

Study finds massive rogue waves aren't as rare as previously thought,
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE, March 8, 2017.


First underwater video footage of the True's beaked whale,
PEERJ, March 7, 2017.

Images-Video

Something Fishy Here

 


Spiders

Survival instinct, not family bonds, weave massive spider colonies together,
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 7, 2017.

 Spider Forum

 

March 6, 2017 

Woman Struck By Falling Tree Dies in Yosemite National Park,
Sierra News Online, March 6, 2017.

More in Sac Bee

Mountain Safety: Snags

Mountain Safety

 

Avalanches and road closures persist from major Sierra snowstorm,
SF Chron, March 6, 2017.

 

SCIENCE!

People have no idea which sciences are robust,
Ars Technica, March 6, 2017.

 

How nature creates forest diversity,
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, March 6, 2017.


The cold exterminated all of them,
UNIVERSITÉ DE GENÈVE, March 6, 2017.

Astro-Physics News

 

Science
&
Arts of Corruption

Two-thirds of Americans see docs who got paid by drug companies: Drexel University study,
DREXEL UNIVERSITY, March 6, 2017.

Selling BS

Fake Facts

 

Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings,
The Register, March 6, 2017.

See Below
Phony Political Science

 

March 5, 2017

Aftermath
Winter storms cause massive sewage spills in Sacramento region,
Sac Bee, March 4, 2017.

Riverbanks collapse after Oroville Dam spillway shut off,
SF Chron, March 4, 2017.

 

Ma Nature's Wild Ride
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, March 3, 2017.

 

March 3, 2017

Bribed Tools
State kept secret guidelines on safe cell phone use,
SF Chron, March 3, 2017.

Corruption Reigns in California

Health and Fitness

 

Smog from Asia causing ozone emissions to rise in US national parks,
KPCC, March 2, 2017.

This has been going on since we began moving our clean manufacturing to China. 
More

 

STORM DAMAGE
Yosemite National Park Works To Repair Big Oak Flat Road,
Sierra News Online, March 2, 2017.

YOSEMITE ALERTS

CalTrans

 

OROVILLE DAM
‘Spoil sites’ for Oroville Dam spillway debris, Hyatt Powerplant starting up soon,
Chico ER, March 2, 2017.

What We’ve Learned From California’s 2017 Floods So Far
Water Deeply, March 2, 2017.

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY
New avalanche and snow burial practice guidelines released by wilderness medical society,
ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES, March 2, 2017.

Man kills mountain lion after attack at Mono Lake,
Sierra Wave, February 28, 2017.

Mountain Safety Issues

 


The Interesting History of Man and Trees

Tree scars record 700 years of natural and cultural fire history in a northern forest,
ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, March 1, 2017.

 Trees

 

Do It Yourself Disaster Kit 
2017 forecast: Significant chance of earthquake damage in the Central and Eastern US,
SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, March 1, 2017.

 

Looking Deeply

Outward
A new cosmic survey offers unprecedented view of galaxies,
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, March 1, 2017.

Hubble cooperates on galaxy cluster and cosmic background,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, March 1, 2017.

Fantastic Image from Survey

Fantastic Hubble Image

Inward

A bowl of Awesome Sauce: 
Quantum entanglement between a single photon and a trillion of atoms,
FACULTY OF PHYSICS UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW, March 1, 2017.

 Astro-Physics News

 

March 1, 2017 

2017
Current Snowpack Measurment:
Percent of Average for
March 1.

North Sierra: 159%

Cen. Sierra:191%

South Sierra: 201%

 Ca State: 185%

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Last Reading:
February 3

 

Also See
Norms, Accumulations, and Anomalies

 

 

February 28, 2017.

Gravitational waves: Going beyond LIGO,
ArsTechnica, February 28, 2017.

LIGO Detector and Gravity Detection

All Astro-Physics News

 

Giant chasm revealed as water stops flowing at Oroville Dam,
SacBee, February 27, 2017.

Video
Lake Oroville Spillway,
Ca DWR, February 27, 2017.

TID closes spillway gate at Don Pedro but warns it may be needed again,
ModBee, February 27, 2017.

Flooding threat: Too much water filling a system with too little capacity,
Sac Bee, February 28, 2017.

California Major Reservoir Graphic

Daily Reservoir Storage Summary

 

February 27, 2017. 

We are entering a very much needed gap in the series of storms out of the Southwest that have dominated the last three month's weather.
The question is what "rolls in" next, after this big High in Gulf Alaska plays out?
Another High?
Back to the Lows?
In any cast,
Spring Instability Grows.

MAP IT

A lot of money depends on the answer... More Water Disaster money?
Either way , Water is money.
Too much Water requires Disaster money. Too little Water drains all economic flows...

These questions complicate "our" water-capture strategies and reveal the vunerbilities of building vast megacities on the face of a changing, volitile, rapidly declining Natural World this growth caused. Our problems are of our own making.

Oroville Dam starts shutting down spillway, curbing water releases to focus on repairs,
SacBee, February 27, 2017.

California’s Water System Built for a Climate We No Longer Have,
KQED, February 27, 2017.

 

What a Whole Lot of Folks are doing now:
Levee Patrols: First line of defense against floodwaters,
Recordnet, February 26, 2017.

Also See
Levees Stressed

 

Highway 140 Still The Only Route Into Yosemite,
Sierra News Online, February 27, 2017.

Road Closures

Feb 23: 41 & 120

Feb 17: Yosemite & Whitney Portal

Feb 13-14: 50 & 80

 

 Fire and Flood:

Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades,
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, February 27, 2017.

We don’t just ignite fires inside the Natural environment. We unbalance the whole Natural system we operate within. The combined effect of our individual and collective greed has now sufficiently degraded global water cycles to make the world’s forests suseptable to wholesale burning. And Flooding!
Most folks apparently cannot stop themselves from pushing the Corporate Growth Machine of Death forward, as their very identities and interests are deeply tied to this scam...

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

Also See
Supplemental NASA Article, with graphic,
People Cause Most U.S. Wildfires,
NASA March 7, 2017.

 

Can Oroville Dam’s badly damaged spillway hold up through the rainy season?
SacBee, February 26, 2017.

Also See
Feb 13 Al Analysis
It depends on the weather...

 

SCIENCE

I want to watch… dial up Hubble…

Stars regularly ripped apart by black holes in colliding galaxies,
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, February 27, 2017.

Hubble Links & Pics

 

Edging Closer to the Underlaying Truth...

Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space,’
Quanta, February 23, 2017.

All Astro-Physics News

 

Our Losing War with the Winged Devils

Common bacterium may help control disease-bearing mosquitoes,
YALE UNIVERSITY, February 27, 2017.

New tool for combating mosquito-borne disease: Insect parasite genes,
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, February 27, 2017.

More on this:
New malaria vaccine is fully effective in very small clinical trial,
Ars Technica, February 25, 2017.

Mosquito News

 

Superbug infections rising rapidly and spreading silently in kids,
Ars Technica, February 27, 2017.

Health and Fitness

 

 

February 25, 2017.

A Break in the Weather.
 But, it’s Not Over Yet

Storm-Lashed California Roads, Dams Could Cost $1B To Fix,
KPBS, February 24, 2017.

The Future of Growth is Grim

Meltdown of Toshiba’s Nuclear Business Dooms New Construction in the U.S.,
MIT Tech Review, February 17, 2017.

Forests worldwide threatened by drought,
UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING, February 22, 2017.

Tree Forum

More Too Many People

Tahoe officials tackle congestion, say wider roads not part of the solution,
Sacbee, February 22, 2017.

We must stop and replace quantitative growth with qualitative growth before we finish destroying our internal ethical qualities and the external Natural environment necessary for good social and Natural life. Irresponsible growth profits few but costs all.
We must institute a “Zero Growth” policy ending all demographic growth until we fix what we’ve already built. We need to take a "pause for the cause" to improve our internal qualities and external Natural environment before we continue degading both swelling our numbers beyond the limits of Nature, let alone common sense and safety.

Also See, “Greatest Density is Between their Ears.

 

Health

High levels of chemicals found in indoor cats,
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, February 24, 2017.

First systematic study of deadly, antibiotic-resistant fungus reported,
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, February 23, 2017.

 Health and Fitness Forum

 

Ancient Artists

38,000-year-old engravings confirm ancient origins of technique used by Seurat, Van Gogh,
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, February 24, 2017.

 

 

February 24, 2017. 
A Break in the Weather.


Storms of 2017
Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter,
AP, February 24, 2017.


Levee Managers: Need Five Miles Of Repairs To Feather River,
CPR, February 23, 2017.


Beyond the Storm: Fish Pirates 

It took less than a minute of satellite time to catch these thieves red-handed,
Ars Technica, February 22, 2017.


Bees can learn to use a tool by observing others,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, February 23, 2017.

Bee News Forum

 


EL NINO EFFECT

Last year's El Niño waves battered California shore to unprecedented degree,
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, February 23, 2017.

Scientists present El Nino,
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, February 23, 2017.

 


SKEETERS

Risk of Ross River Virus global epidemic,
UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, February 21, 2017.

NIH begins study of vaccine to protect against mosquito-borne diseases,
NIH/NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, February 21, 2017.

Mosquito News

 

 

February 23, 2017.
A Break in the Weather.
California: Saturation Status

Highway 41 To Remain Closed For At Least A Week,
Sierra News Online, February 23, 2017.

Highway 120 Into Yosemite Closed Due To Storm Damage,
Sierra News Online, February 21, 2017.

YOSEMITE ALERTS

CalTrans

 

 

NASA eyes Pineapple Express soaking California,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, February 23, 2017.

These have been a sustained series of storms.
Previous NASA Report of Jan 26

Feb. 22 update: How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers?
SacBee, February 22, 2017.

Inland lakes swell with rainfall,
SBSun, February 21, 2017.

A break amid strong water year in the North State
Record Searchlight, February 21, 2017.

 

California Major Reservoir Graphic

Daily Reservoir Storage Summary

 

PCT hikers should ponder exactly what this means for their hiking plans: 
Summer skiing? Squaw Valley says it plans to stay open until July 4,
SFCrate, February 22, 2017.

Snow conditions in the Sierra this year will likely spoil many PCT hiker's plans for an early start & early entry into the Sierra. JMT hikers should also adjust hiking dates to assure their skills and conditions on the ground match-up.
Also see
FEBRUARY 20 BACKPACKER ALERT

We track the trajectory of High Sierra snow pack growth and thaw:
High Sierra Calendar

 

Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood? Find out ...
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, February 23, 2017.

 

Corruption Reigns in California 

Injecting wastewater into California oil wells imperils drinking water,
Sacbee, February 22, 2017.

See Corruption, below...

Earlier
Wastwater Corruption article/note of Jan 17, 2017.

WW injection triggers earthquakes, June 18, 2015.

 

 

February 22, 2017.
California: In a State of Saturation

At least 14,000 households evacuated as flood ravages San Jose,
SFGate, February 22, 2017.

 

TID hopes to prolong spillway releases; Tuolumne River over flood stage,
ModBee, February 21, 2017.

 

Big test still to come as SJ River keeps rising,
RecordNet, February 21, 2017.

Water managers may have to ‘spill’ water from Lake Tahoe,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, February 22, 2017.

 

DWR wants to stop Oroville spillway flow, doesn’t know when it can,
ChicoER, February 21, 2017.

 

 

Other than Weather News

Ex-air quality workers say district illegally lowered fines for polluters,
SFChron, February 21, 2017.

Bay Area refinery flaring reports dumped in trash, records destroyed, whistleblowers say,
East Bay Times, February 21, 2017.

Ref Link
Corruption in every aspect of our govt.

 

 

Wow! Nearby TRAPPIST-1 has 7 planets,
EarthSky, February 22, 2017.

NASA

NASA IMAGES+LINKS

Astro-Physics News

 

 

Scientists spy 8th continent, Zealandia
EarthSky, February 22, 2017. 

Geology News

 

 

February 21, 2017.

La Nina is Dead. Can El Nino Be Far Behind?
Cliff Mass Blog, February 21, 2017.

I called the end of the La Nina on Feb 8, (backpacker's Calendar), and noted its loss of its chilling power from Jan 18. Scroll the Calendar up into the past to review this season's epic weather, and the unusual weather conditions and patterns driving it.

Storm News:
Jan 6 to 24, 2016 

 

 

Oroville Dam Crisis 

Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process,’ state officials say, SacBee, February 20, 2017.

Reservoirs feeding Lake Oroville are filled to brim as more rain rolls in
SacBee, February 20, 2017. 

California Major Reservoir Graphic

Daily Reservoir Storage Summary

Lake Oroville levels expected to fluctuate with rains,
ChicoER, February 20, 2017.

More Oroville News

 

Don Pedro spillway opens, could nearly triple Tuolumne River flow,
ModBee, February 20, 2017.

Anderson Reservoir spills over for first time in 11 years as storms slam Bay Area,
SFCRATE, February 21, 2017. 

 

February 19, 2017.

Wild Winter Weather of 2017 Continues

Central Valley urged to be ready to ‘evacuate quickly’ as another storm approaches,
SacBee, February 19, 2017.

Storm warnings, wind advisories, flood watches to affect Valley, mountains,
Fresno Bee, February 19, 2017.

 

Winter Storm Activity Causes Road Damage In Yosemite,
Sierra News Online, Februray 17, 2017.

Whitney Portal Road rock slide surveying begins,
Inyo Register, February 16, 2017.

 

February 18, 2017.

LA Pounded
Massive LA-area storm leaves 4 dead, thousands still without power,
LA Daily News, February 18, 2017.

 

Other than Weather News?

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function,
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, February 16, 2017.

For mosquito repellents, stick with the spray
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, February 16, 2017.

Health and Fitness Forum

 

February 18, 2017.
Oroville Dam Crisis

AP Exclusive: If California dam failed, people likely stuck,
AP, February 17, 2017.

Oroville Dam: ‘The threat level – it is much, much, much lower,’
SacBee, February 16, 2017.

Oroville Dam: What made the spillway collapse?
Mercury News, February 17, 2017.

“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week ordered the state Department of Water Resources to convene a panel of five dam engineering experts to oversee an investigation.”

This is the same FERC that allowed ENRON to turn us upside down and shake all the money out of our pockets. These politicians are owned lock, stock, and barrell, all of them, by their corporate sponsors. They will do nothing against the interests of their corporate sponsors, nor will their commissions, probes, and inquests do anything but justify dangerous policies that enhance the power and profits of our criminal corporate leaders.

What we have here is a problem with political corruption, bribery and influence, not a dam problem. We cannot trust bribed politicians. They will destroy us for the profits of their corporate sponsors with smiles on their faces


Bureau says Sacramento River flood maps a secret,
Record Searchlight, February 16, 2017.

 

More here, less there…
Northwest Weather Hits Southern California with the Most Substantial Storm in Years,
Cliff Mass Weather Blog, February 17, 2017.

Hillsides are ‘weeping,’ falling on California’s mountain highways,
SacBee, February 17, 2017.

 

Less snow and a shorter ski season in the Alps,
EUROPEAN GEOSCIENCES UNION, February 16, 2017.

 

February 15, 2017.

Oroville Dam Crisis
Reflective and Prospective Analysis

Prospective

The West Coast Will Face An Extraordinarily Wet Period,
Cliff Mass Weather Blog, February 14, 2017.

Key Quote
"An historic wet winter and one that was not forecast last fall. My profession has a lot to learn about seasonal forecasting, assuming it is possible."

All High Sierra Rain Predictions

Average Precip, Real Precip, and the difference between them

 

Reflective

The Oroville Dam Crisis: What Happened, What’s Next?
Roy Spencer".PH.D," February 14, 2017.

Oroville Dam unprepared for climate change, critics warned years before crisis,
The Desert Sun, February 14, 2017.

The enormous scale of the erosion problem at the Oroville Dam site,
AGU Blogosphere, February 14, 2017.

Oroville Dam, A Failure to Communicate
Scott Cahill, Dam Expert, February 13, 2017.

Podcast Interview with Dam Expert Scott Cahill 
Expert: What You Need To Know About The Oroville Dam Crisis,
Peak Prosperity, February 13, 2017.

Interview HIghlights
"It's already an ecological disaster"
"I don't know if the dam wll make it"

Al's Analysis

 

 Just for Fun
California Mega Flood of 1861
California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe,
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, January 1, 2013.

 

2-14-17

Oroville Dam Crisis

Evacuation order lifted for residents near Oroville Dam,
Mercury News, February 14, 2017.

 

 

February 13, 2017

Will it hold? Oroville Dam makes it through a key test,
SacBee, February 13, 2017.

 

Late Tuesday Night
Highway 50 and I-80 open after Caltrans clears mudslides,
SacBee, February 14, 2017.

A Different Rain Effect 
Highway 50 is riddled with mudslides and will be ‘closed indefinitely,’
SacBee, Februrary 13, 2017.

 

 Oroville Dam Crisis

FORSEEN in 2005

Spillway threat asserted: A state agency seeks relicensing to run Oroville Dam, but a challenge sees design flaws.

Originally published by SacBee, November 27, 2005. Republished Februrary 13, 2017.

Oroville Dam: Feds and state officials ignored warnings 12 years ago,
Mercury News, February 13, 2017.

 

2014 FERC FARCE REPORT ignored 2005 SMOKING GUN report ABOVE.

 

 

 

February 12, 2017 

Experts: State left with few options while trying to avert disaster at Oroville Dam,
SacBee, Februrary 12, 2017.

Oroville Dam Failure Imminent?
Water flowing out of Lake Oroville emergency spillway,
SF Chron, February 12, 2017.

More Trouble Coming
Another potentially strong Tropical Moisture Transport Mechanism is setting up right now. And, these Tropical Moisture Transport Mechanisms have been pointed at, and centered on N. Ca and the North Sierra (with Oroville at the center) since November through the last series of storms to hit us.

So, even if the emergency spillway does not wash away right now, it, and the damaged main spillway will both be under terrible threat later this next week, when potentially torrential rains and heavy runoff from these next storms runs down from the N Sierra into the Oroville Reservoir.

Darned if you Do, Damned if you Don't
Water managers have to get as much water out of that reservoir as quickly as possible. The problem is that both their exit routes, their spillways, have real problems. This is literally being stuck under a great force with no good option: explosive water if you don't drain it, and explosive water if you do. Lowering the reservoir through either of the damaged spillways is dangerous. Using the main spillway can undermine and compromise the security of the dam and dam gates themselves, while the emergency spillway will quickly undermine itself under any sustained flows.

It appears the state has made two strategic mistakes. First, not fixing the emergency spillway. Second, allowing the emergency dam to overflow and threaten catastrophic flooding while still having some control of the main spillway.

This imminent threat to the Oroville Dam is happening under clear skies, between storms. Tropical storms out of the Southwest are due to resume this week.

The resolution to the upcoming weather threat will be found in specifically how the combinations of atmospheric forces that are currently creating and directing a mass of tropical moisture and energy towards Northern California work out. There is going to be trouble in the Northeast Valley if this series of storm's power and moisture focuses, and points itself towards the North Sierra via the Oroville Reservoir.

I am having a hard time imagining that dam surviving this Winter, let alone the upcoming Spring Thaw, especially if the trend of tropical weather out of the Southwest sustains itself through Springtime.

Oroville area predicted to see 7.6 inches of precip next 7 days. 

  All Precip Forecasts, Averages, & Anomalies

 California Major Reservoirs Levels, current and historical.

 Oroville Dam Wiki

Earlier Oroville Dam reports below. 

 

February 12 to 15
News besides Oroville

HEALTH

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,
SANFORD-BURNHAM PREBYS MEDICAL DISCOVERY INSTITUTE, February 15, 2017.

Researchers unravel how ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, February 14, 2017.

 

Banned chemicals from the '70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean,
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, February 13, 2017.

 

 The Great Puzzle of Life is really a... 
A Soap Opera by the Numbers:
A Fight to Fix Geometry’s Foundations.

“When two mathematicians raised pointed questions about a classic proof that no one really understood, they ignited a years-long debate about how much could be trusted in a new kind of geometry.”
Quanta, February 9, 2017

 

February 10, 2017

Subtle lunar eclipse on February 10-11,
Earth-Sky, Feburary 10, 2017.

Gravitas
Ancient signals from the early universe,
UNIVERSITY OF BASEL, Feburary 10, 2017.

Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, Feburary 10, 2017.

All Astro-Physics News

 

Oroville Dam Crisis

Water to flow at Oroville Dam spillway despite damage,
Record-Searchlight, Feburary 8, 2017.

Officials say Oroville Dam not compromised but are preparing for the worst,
ChicoER, Feburary 9, 2017.
 

February 7, 2017

Something happened, not quite sure what...
What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?
 
NAGOYA UNIVERSITY, Feburary 7, 2017.

 More Awesome Sauce

Stars align in test supporting 'spooky action at a distance,' 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Feburary 7, 2017.

How are quantum entangled particles created in a laboratory?
What really makes them entangled? 
Quantum Entanglement, Quora

Awesome Sauce

 

A history of dark matter,
ArsTechnica, February 3, 2017.

 All Astro-Physics News

 

Barely educated humans impact bear behavior,
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OKANAGAN CAMPUS, Feburary 6, 2017.

Bear News and Research

 

Court revives suit over government pesticide approvals
AP, February 2, 2017.

 

February 3, 2017

Sierra Nevada mountain feature would be named ‘Sky Point’ under House bill,
McClatchy, January 30, 2017. 

 

2017 STORM

A key source to ending California’s drought, Sierra Nevada snowpack up 173 percent,
Whittier Daily News, February 2, 2017. 

See Backpacker Calendar, Feb 3, 2017.

In 3 weeks, Tahoe area saw nearly a winter's worth of snow,
Reno Gazette-Journal, February 1, 2017.

January rainfall in Modesto was one for the books,
Modesto Bee, February 1, 2017. 

More on Stormy Month of Jan 2017

 

Amazing Nature
“Pando, a massive aspen clone in south central Utah thought to be the largest living organism on Earth.”
Efforts to restore imperiled Pando show promise says USU ecologist,
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, February 3, 2017.

Empathetic people experience dogs' expressions more strongly,
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, February 3, 2017.

I left them a pic of my butt, one time… funny story...
University of Montana research shows importance of remote cameras as biodiversity tools,
THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA, February 1, 2017.

Harsh Nature
Chimps' behavior following death disturbing to ISU anthropologist,
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, January 31, 2017. 

 

HEALTH
Get Back to Nature’s Clock

Can't get to sleep? Pitch a tent for the weekend,
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, February 2, 2017.

Crap wrapped in Crap…
Psych and Chemical Attack on American Kids

Food and beverage industry marketing kids to death,
HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF CANADA, February 1, 2017.

See "Fake Facts," December last.

 

New study finds extensive use of fluorinated chemicals in fast food wrappers,
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, February 1, 2017.

HEALTH
Micro Chemical Warfare

Malaria superbugs threaten global malaria control,
INFECTIOUS DISEASES DATA OBSERVATORY, February 1, 2017.

Repurposing 2 autoimmune drugs for chikungunya virus,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, February 1, 2017.

Substance in crude oil harms fish hearts, could affect humans as well,
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, January 31, 2017. 

 

HEALTH
On Foot and In Flight

New study connects running motion to ground force, provides patterns for any runner,
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, January 31, 2017.

How stressful will a trip to Mars be on the human body?
NASA/JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, January 30, 2017. 

 

Astro-Physics
Tracing the cosmic web with star-forming galaxies in the distant universe,
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF NATURAL SCIENCES, January 31, 2017.

 

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