October 2017 INDEX of High Sierra Backpacker's News of Man and Nature


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 02 October 2017

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 Man and Nature

October 2017

October
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 humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

Last Updated
October 31, 2017

 

NOVEMBER NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS 

 

OCTOBER  HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

OCTOBER HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

Trail News Forum

General News Forum

 

 

Caltrans: ALL High Sierra Highway Status 

High Sierra Roads & Highway News

 

 

In the Sky

Observation Tools

 

 

NOVEMBER NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

 

Dead Serious

High Sierra Weather

All Snow Reporting Tools

High Sierra Calendar

Sierra Crestline Snow & Temps

 

HIGH SIERRA Mountain Safety Topics & Incidents

ALL MOUNTAIN SAFETY INCIDENTS

 

APRIL 1 BACKPACKER ALERT.

 

 

Day Length

 

October 1
11:46:31
Day length decreasing -2:24 per day.

Fall Equinox

September 22
12:08:22
Day length decreasing -2:30 per day.

 

Days are equal on the equator today.
Day up here will be 12 hrs long on 9-25.

 

 

Night Skies

Fading into West

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

Rising out of East

Winter Circle,
Earth-Sky, January 17, 2017.

Last Event

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

 

 

Astro Observation Tools

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 Astro-Phys, Stellar, & Atomic News

All Astronomical Data

All High Sierra Weather



Also of Interest
NASA Astro Image of the Day

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY

AGU Blogosphere

 

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High Sierra Roads & Highways

All CalTrans High Sierra Road Status

High Sierra Road Opening HIstory

YOSEMITE ALERTS

Fed: Tioga Pass Status

 

October Status
Check for Fire & Snow Closures!

SNOW CLOSURE 

October 5

It's a Sierra surprise; Second Closure in 2017 of Sonora Pass

SNOW CLOSURE

September 21

Tioga Pass Road Closed Due To Snow,
(Hwy 108 closed at Kennedy Meadows)

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

Trail News Forum

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November Trail News

 

WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

Updated

October 31

Halloween

THE 2017 QUESTION
When is the First Real Storm going to hit the Sierra Nevada?

When will two feet fall?

First Significant N Sierra Rains-Snows-Precip Predicted 
6pm Thursday running through 6pm Monday

Run the Animation

All Rain & Snow Tools

 

All Forecasts

 

Article
California’s first big winter snow storm headed for Sierra Nevada,
Mercury News, October 31, 2017. 

 

 

October 28

New Weather Warning

"Snow Squall"

  

 

Wild Animal Bites

Surgeons Gather Diverse, Obscure Resources-Information

 

 

 

October 25

Lost Hikers Rescued

Mount Tallac Helli-evac

 

 

 

October 23

Yosemite Classic Climbing

New Speed Record up the Nose
 

 

Firefighter Tribute

Hard time for Forests are Hard Times for Firefighters

 

 

Non-Native Invasive Moth

White Satin Moth takes out 226 acres of Tahoe Basin

 

 

Serious Gusting

Direct to Article
Record heat, fierce Santa Ana winds to fuel wildfire threat in California,
USA Today, October 22, 2017.

Wind Forecast

 

National Hazard Map

High Sierra Weather Page

 

 

 

October 20

SNOW DUSTS SIERRA CREST LAST NIGHT

CalTrans: Tioga Pass Closed to Snow

CalTrans: All Sierra Mountain Highways

 

Calendar

Snow Info

 

 

Late October Mountain Safety Reports
2017 Fatality Report

SEKI

 

 

Aftermath of Harsh Winter, Spring Thaw, & Wet Early Summer

Human Costs

Lost Yosemite Hiker from May Identified

July Crash Victims finally recovered from Kings River

 

  

High Sierra Infrastructure

Eldorado forest roads to be repaired

 

  

What's Next?

Winter Weather Forecast Factor: La Nina

 

Top of News

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October 19

UPDATES
&
INFORMATION-MAPS-RESOURCES
FIRE NEWS
Massive
 Napa-Santa Rosa Fire 

Posted Oct 9, Updated Daily
Overnight 30 mph standing winds, with gusts to 50, blows firestorms into being

 

 

October 17

 

First "Sizable" Snow Storm?

No, but biggest so far. Rain & Snow Forecast Thurs Night through Daylight Hours of Friday

 

 

 

October 16

Health & Fitness
SAR WARS?

Tahoe MedWAR Challenge
Got to Get the SAR Folks into this

 

 

October 11 

An Inspirational Fraud on the PCT?

No One on the PCT Saw This Inspirational Hiker?

 

 

 

October 10

INCREASED-WIND
FIRE HAZARD APPROACHES

Tuesday's light breezes picking up to light winds overnight through Wednesday the 11th.

 

Graphical Interface
Winds Picking up Tuesday Night into Wednesday

 

Graphical Interface
US Hazard Map & Local NWS Hazard Reports

 

 

Stanislaus National Forest Closing Up for Winter

Direct to Post
Stanislaus National Forest Campsites and Day Use Areas close for the season Oct. 1


Inyo National Forest

Direct to Post
High Sierra Topix Wants Bear Box at North Lake Trailhead

 

 

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October 9

Massive Napa-Santa Rosa Fire

Overnight 30 mph standing winds, with gusts to 50, blows firestorms into being

 

 

Gorging for Winter

Bears aggressive, many not hibernating during Warm Winters

 

 

 

October 6

High Sierra Aspens Fire Up

Alpine Aspen trees put on annual show

 

 

Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon Running

Lake Tahoe’s kokanee salmon are spawning in Taylor Creek

 

 

Top of Trail News

 

 

October 5

Sonora Pass & Tioga Passes Closed Tuesday

It's a Sierra surprise; Second Closure in 2017 of Sonora Pass

 

 

Tahoe to Whitney
Weather Predictions Center

Fall Update, The Seasonal Prognosticator: Nature Speaks-We Listen

 

 

Prescribed fires to begin in Lake Tahoe Basin

Direct to Article
Making the locals very nervous,
Lake Tahoe News

 

 

Bureaucratic Ballet

Direct to Article
State Parks announces new structure,
Mountain Democrat

 

 

Top of News

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October 4

Field Conditions

First female Marine officer to lead assault amphibian vehicle platoon

 

 

Updated Story 
ANOTHER DANGER IN and TO THE FORESTS

Mom & Pop "Grows,"
&
Vast Illegal Industrial Pot Operations by Illegals

 

Top of Trail News 

 

October 3

El Capitan Rockfalls

Latest News

Scientists Examine El Capitan Rockfall Situation

 

 

Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon

Not Running Up Tayor Creek this Year?

 

 

October 2

Closure of TM Facilities

Tuolumne Store-Grill-Post Office Closed

 

 

Closure of Life

Officials identify hiker who died in September, Appalachian Trail

 

 

Super Hot Summer of 2017:
A Year of Weather Extremes

What a year: Extreme heat, rain, record number of 100-degree days

 

  

Super wet Winter & Spring of 2017

A crazy water year ended Saturday

 

Top of Trail News

 

 

NOVEMBER TRAIL NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS 

 

 

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS ABOVE

General News Forum

Top of Page

November General News

 

HIGH SIERRA
GENERAL NEWS
NEWS
of
MAN &
NATURE

Updated

October 31

Health & Safety

BPA: Our Corporate Overlords have poisioned us, yet again

 

 

Bear Diet

Human Considerations do not Apply

  

 

PG&E on the Hook for Fire Costs?

Good: Break them before they Break Us

 

 

"Devil's Straw?"

Can the Twin Tunnels live as One?
I hope not

 

 

Squeezing Out the Last Irresponsible Growth in a Drying Desert

Last Gasps of Endless Growth Machine of Death: How does a Human Ponzi Collapse?

 

  

Climate Geology

Climate Change Changes Impact of Massive Volcanoes

 

 

Very Cool Science

Invisible Glass: The End of Glare

  

 

Ma Nature's Death Ray
Black Hole Plasma Planet Killer Ray

Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams

 

 

 

October 30

Fishery Failure

‘Time is of the essence’: Fisheries face uncertainty
Nothing Uncertain Here

 

 

 

October 28

Busy Month for the Sun

31 Flares & several powerful Coronal Mass Ejections

 

 

PGE PARASITES ENDANGER PUBLIC & BRIBE POLITICIANS
for
POWER and
PROFITS

Drain them of Irresponsible Profits
then
Convert them into a Public Utility 

 

 

 

October 26

Is it Dead or Not?

(Kill it Now!)
Three Devil's Straws Stories

 

 

Killing the Planet One City at a Time

People eventually Pay the Piper
Cape Town Going Dry

 

 

Climate Radically Changing

Euro Projections and Observations Lining Up

 

 

Another Sacrifice on the Alter of Greed

Slow Death for Lemurs

 

 

Dark Matter Insights

Galactic Clusters Unexpected Offset

 

 

Top of The News

 

 

October 25

Extreme National Park Underfunding

$70 Yosemite entrance fee?!

 

 

High Sierra History & Culture

Nevada Day celebration in Carson City this weekend

 

 

End All Corporate Bribery or Be Poisoned

Standing Toxic Threats Ignored

 

  

Birth of the Corporate Growth Machine of Death

Start Point of Planatary Death

 

 

Our Planet with a View

Fantastic View of Nearby Fornax Galaxy Cluster

 

 

LIGO Kilonova Effects

Death of Alt Gravity Theories

Hubble Constant Refinement

 

 

 

October 24

Hiding in Plain Sight

GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

 

 

 

About Drought, Trees, & Western Pine Beetles

With California Drought Over, Fewer Sierra Pines Dying

 

 

Top of The News 

 

 

October 23

California Salmon Decline Continues Apace

Two Articles
Spring Run in Feather Hurting & Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the "Eco-tanic"

 

 

Ma Nature's Wild Ride
Modern Environmental & Cultural Destruction

Rising sea levels creating first Native American climate refugees

 

 

Lake Loss

World's Saline Lakes Disappearing

 

 

Government Perceived as Greater Threat than Terror

Respondents worry more about DWR Oroville Dam than terrorists

 

 

Neanderthal Society

Did they Cheat Each Other too?
No, old corpse reveals amazing social cohesion

 

 

Amazing Nature
First Trees

World's oldest trees reveal complex anatomy never seen before

 

 

Yellowstone Grizzlies

A Path to Viability?

 

 

FIRE DESTRUCTION & POLITICAL CORRUPTION
Business As Usual 
Two Articles

The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

Over a billion in fire losses

 

 

Top of News

Top of Page

 

 

October 20

SNOW DUSTS SIERRA CREST LAST NIGHT

CalTrans: Tioga Pass Closed to Snow

CalTrans: All Sierra Mountain Highways

 

Calendar

Snow Info

 

 

East Flank History

The Valley Pioneer Families Annual Cemetery Tour Event

 

 

What's Next?

Winter Weather Forecast Factor: La Nina

  

 

Human & Natural Health

Man Filth Kills Millions

The Trend Continues: Everything Melting, The End of Cold

Nature has a "Right to Life?"

 

 

 

October 19

CONTINUING STORY
Massive Napa-Santa Rosa Fire

LAST UPDATE
October 19

Start, October 9: Overnight 30 mph standing winds, with gusts to 50, blows firestorms into being

 

 

Top of News

Top of Page

 

 

October 18 

Health & Fitness News 

Skeeter Tech
Skeeter Tech: The Original Stealth Flyer?

 

Forest Life Makes you Less Crazy

 

Measuring the Human Machine: new simple method determines calorie burn rate

  

 

Eco Crash News

Songbird Chicks on the Fringe of Declining Forests

 

Rising Seas on a Rising Tide of California BS

 

Insect Populations Crashing in Germany

 

 

Amazing Nature

Bee Light: Bees Love the Blues

 

 

 

October 17

 

History of Beer in Early California

Boca Ice Brewery 1876-1893

 

 

High Altitude Ecosystems Disappearing

Everywhere

 

 

Health, Fitness, & Environmental Disaster

Rivers of Plastic flowing for Decades

 

 

Muddy Mystery Clarified

Lusi Mud Eruption on Java now flowing for Eleven Years

 

 

Top of News

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October 16

The Living Oceans

Sophisticated Cultures living Under the Sea (in a Octupus' Garden?) Nutrient-Rich Environment

 

  

Rich Ocean Waters, and the Airs Above

A Microbe-Rich Environment

 

 

LIGO Neutron Star Merger Detection
UPDATED
Five LIGO Articles

Gravity Waves Shine Visible Light on Gold, Gamma Rays, and a Gravity Hole

 

 

The Big Threat

Two Stories
Not Fires, but Ignorance and Greed
bring
The Consequences
US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires

 

  

Biggest Water Capture for Years

Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 145% of Average

 

 

Death of Wild Fish

More Canaries in Nature's Coal mine

 

 

Who Will Pay for the "Twin Tunnels?"

The Forces of Irresponsible Greed Rally
Two Articles
Everyone, if Devil's Straws are Built
&
The Forces of Irresponsible Growth Rally

 

 

 

October 13 

2017 Sea Ice Minimum and Arctic Summer Information

End of the Summer Melt, 8th Lowest of 13 Measured

 

 

Top of General News 

 

 

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October 12 

Birds, Fish, & Humans

Lead fishing tackle threatening loon populations

 

 

The Bee Killer

Sex pheromone to battle bee-killing Asian Hornet threatening Euro & Brit Bees

 

 

 

October 11

Giant Metropolitan Water District of SOCAL

Approves Devil’s Straws tunnel project

 

 

Top of General News

Top of Page

 

 

 

October 10

On the East Flank

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery history

 

 

128 cubic feet

Watch those firewood measurements when stocking up for winter

 

 

Evolution

The beneficiaries of mass extinction

 

 

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes Resist Genetic Manipulation

 

 

Top of News

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October 9

Massive Napa-Santa Rosa Fire

Overnight 30 mph standing winds, with gusts to 50, blows firestorms into being 

 

OTHER
OCTOBER 9
NEWS

 

Big League Seasonal Changes

"Fate of the North American Monsoon is quite Uncertain"

 

 

Dancing Shoes for Bees

How honeybees read the waggle dance

 

 

Dirty Birds

Our Wonderful Contributions to Nature

 

 

Devil's Straws - Twin Tunnels

Life or Death: Devil's Straws for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California?

 

 

Top of General News

 

 

 

October 6

Twin Tunnels Water Drama

Update and Refinement of Yesterday's News
Another boondoggle of irresponsible growth feeding corruption and waste

 

 

Water Diversions

Killing our Planet for Corporate Profts

 

 

Delving Deeper and Deeper
into
Subatomic and Quantum Behaviors

 

 

Top of General News 

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October 5

Our Hot as Holy Hell New World

Melbourne and Sydney should prepare for 122-degree Fahrenheit summer days

 

 

Drama on Ice

Did Teddy Evans fatally undermine Scott of the Antarctic?

 

 

Water Drama

Delta tunnels stumbles through lack of economic analysis, hiring of unqualified contractor

 

 

Nature’s Navigation Systems

Insects Dead Recokning beeline for home

 

 

Diet & Health

A need for bananas?

 

 

Amazing Nature

The Lord Howe Island stick insect lives?

 

 

Amazing Nature

Tipping point with weed control?

 

 

Top of General News

 

 

 

October 4

Ancient Changes in Weather Triggered Human Migrations

Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate

 

 

Incredible Shrinking Fish

Swimming Thermometers shrinking as ocean temperatures rise

 

 

BIRD POPULATIONS CRASHING

Migrating Birds Are Running Out of Water

 

 

Big Bribes Decide Water Policy Questions

Buying “Influence” over Water Policy

 

 

 

October 3

Railroad Fire

Historic "Bug Lab" Burned

 

 

Top of General News 

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October 2

Health & Fitness

GM soybean oil vs. conventional soybean oil and coconut oil

An Informative Tour of Common Cooking Oils

 

  

Running the Calculations of Life

"Warm Little Pond" RNA Emergence on Earth Calculated

 

 

WATER

Whiskey for Drinking, Water for Stealing 

 

Water Woes of the Wildly Greedy & Corrupt

Continue...

All the Water Players Hunker Down,
Will 1939 fed Central Valley water deal dooms Delta tunnels?

 

  

Irresponsible Growth a Recipie for Environmental Failure?

Is California Giving Enough Water Back to Native Fish?

 

 

Top of General News

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS ABOVE

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS ABOVE

 

NOVEMBER GENERAL NEWS

SEPTEMBER GENERAL NEWS

 

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