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WEATHER for High Sierra Backpackers: REPORTS, FORECASTS, PREDICTIONS, SNOW, ROADS, CONDITIONS sticky icon

  ALL
HIGH SIERRA WEATHER RESOURCES


QUICK INDEX

FULL INDEX

NEW
GOES-17-WEST

TWO VIEWS
of the
NE PACIFIC, CALIFORNIA COAST, & THE HIGH SIERRA
NOW

THE WIDE VIEW

The NOAA VIEWER
Northern Pacific GeoColor
The Last 11 Hours over the Northeastern Pacific
New GOES-17, "West," last 11 hours over the North Pacific GeoColor View by NOAA.

 Also See
NE Pacific Water Vapor
 

A CLOSE UP VIEW
West US

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NOAA Climate Assessment for the U.S. Climate in June 2019 sticky icon

 

 

TRACKING THE CHANGING CLIMATE & WEATHER

US Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events, June 2019
US Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events, June 2019, NOAA.

Big Version. NOAA

 

State of US Climate & Weather
Extreme Rain, Rather than Heat, Marks 2019, So Far

Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2019,
NOAA, NCEI, July 9, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

An Average Temp June

Average June Temps
June average US temp of, "...68.7°F, 0.2°F above the 20th century average, ranking in the middle third of the 125-year record."

Wettest June on Record

June Precip Record
"...June precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 3.30 inches, 0.37 inch above average, and ranked in the upper third of the 125-year period of record.

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Science Performs Intellectual Gymnastics to Preserve Paris Accord Farce sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Modern Industrial Infrastructure
A Power Plant
 Last of the Mohicans, if Paris is going to, "work?" Credit Carnegie Inst. Sci.
Last of the Mohicans, if Paris is going to, "work?" Credit Carnegie Inst. Sci.

 

Science Performs Intellectual Gymnastics to Preserve Paris Accord Farce

Two-degree climate goal attainable without early infrastructure retirement,
Carnegie Institution for Science, July 2, 2019.

Main Points

Current CO2 Production
"...China is predicted to produce the largest share--41 percent--and the United States and European Union 9 percent and 7 percent respectively."

What about India?

Present Costs Exceed Limits
"...future emissions from these existing facilities would take up the entire carbon budget needed to to limit mean warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and close to two-thirds of the budget needed to constrain warming to below 2 degrees Celsius over the next three decades."

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Alaska Setting Heat and Dryness Records during July of 2019 sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

FREAK WEATHER

It Was A Balmy 90 Degrees Yesterday In Anchorage — For The First Time On Record,
NPR, July 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

90 Degrees
"...the all-time heat record for the northerly city."

"Anchorage's previous record high (at least since 1952) was 85 degrees Fahrenheit, set on June 14, 1969."

Hottest & Driest June Ever
(After Shortest Winter Cold)
"...hottest June ever, according to the National Weather Service. Average temperature for the month was 60.5 degrees, 5.3 degrees above normal. It was the 16th consecutive month with above-average temperatures."

"...the driest June on record."

Baking Alaska
"Several Alaskan cities set or matched all-time heat records on Thursday: 89 degrees in Kenai and King Salmon, 88 in Palmer."

Fire & Smoke
"...battling wildfires across the state, and on Monday authorities issued an air quality advisory for south-central Alaska."

 

More Information

Better than NPR

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MORE FREAKISH, EXTREME WEATHER: Massive 2019 Midwestern Flooding sticky icon

 

HISTORIC, FREAKISH, EXTREME WEATHER

Massive Midwestern Flooding

KEY POINT
The Whole US is Wettest Ever
"The continental United States recently finished its wettest twelve months in 124 years of modern recordkeeping."

NOAA

River Flood Outlook

All Flood Hazard Warnings Page

3-7 Day Flood Hazards Page

 

Corporate Press
UPDATE

The Wettest, Wildest Planting Season U.S. Farmers Can Remember,
Bloomberg, June 3, 2019.

Corporate Press
Flooding continues to pose threat to communities along Mississippi, Arkansas rivers,
GMA, Yahoo, May 31, 2019.

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Eco Crash News, 2018: Observing Our Rapidly Shifting Seasons and Ecosystems sticky icon

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

2018


Last
Updated Daily 

December 16,  2018

 

Next
2019 Climate Change News

 

 The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Blooming, feeding, mating, and migration patterns of all living things are changing around the world.

Here we track the obvious and the subtle human affects on Nature. The club and the knife, if you will.

 

 

Next
2019 Climate Change News

Earlier
October through December 2017

 

 

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Looking into the Mirror of Life III: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, 2018 sticky icon

 

 

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science News for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

This is the amazing universe we are walking through.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental nature of the motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves, what we are hiking through, and our choices along our journey.

 

 

Last
Updated 

December 22, 2018

 

2018 NEWS BELOW

 

2019 ASTRONOMY-PHYSICS NEWS

 

 

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2018 News of Health Science, Fitness, the Human Past, Potential & Pitfalls for Backpackers sticky icon

 

 

Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

LAST
Updated

December 27, 2018

 

January 1, 2018 & 19:
HAPPY NEW YEARS!

  

 

2018 News Below

 

Later Health News
Health & Fitness News, 2019

Earlier Health News
Health & Fitness News, 2015-2017

  

 

Our goal here is to provide the best information how to deal with internal and external threats to your health. But why?

 

FIELD GRADE
Our greater goal is to attain "Field Conditioning." Field Conditioning is an advanced state of fitness where we are capable of moving and operating effectively across great distances over all types of terrain, at high or low altitude, in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions over extended time spans, under all seasonal conditions, while carrying the weight required to withstand these environmental conditions, feed ourselves well, and safely reach our goal. 

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Looking into the Mirror of Life II: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers sticky icon

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

This is the amazing universe we are walking through.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental nature of the motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves, what we are hiking through, and our choices along our journey.

 

 

Last Updated 

December 24, 2017

 

September thru December 2017
Astro Phys NEWS BELOW

 

Next Astro Physics Page: 2018

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NEW ERA on our PLANET: Tracking the Anthropocene sticky icon

BELOW

2015
to
JULY, 2018


Next

July 2018 to Present

 

 INTRODUCTION
Nature is no longer in charge. There's a new sheriff in town, and he's a real piece of work. In any case, the greedy motivations of man have replaced the driving fertility of Nature as the leading force on this planet, and even the scientists have noticed. Which means it needs a name...

 

Done. I already named it, when I recognized the depth of our nasty effects a long time ago: The Scum-o-cene. We are leaving the spiritual and physical equivilant of a nasty bathtub ring on the Spirit and Body of Nature as humanity, "consumes" both.

I abhor and reject identification as a, "consumer."

Check out these next introductory articles, then we follow the general outlines of our re-modeling of this world.

 

 REFERENCES

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All News about High Sierra Trees and Plants sticky icon

All Tree News
Generally Covering the Plant World

 

 TREE & PLANT
NEWS

2015 through 2018

 2018

Next Year's Tree & Plant News
2019

 

All
High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

High Sierra Tree Identification Resources

Tree Forum

 


The Brethren

FERGUSON FIRE

Bottom: 2015

Last
Updated

2018

December 21

PLANTS, TREES, WEATHER, WATER, & FORESTS

Observing the Decline of the Doomed Forests in the Southwestern US

Southwest forest trees will grow much slower in the 21st century

 

 

 

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This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.

 

Next
2018 Water and Fish News

 

Below
June 2015
to
December 28, 2017

Last Updated
December 28, 2017:

 

Nestle Water Heist Update

State DWR & NPR Discover Theivery, Yawn, Don't Care, Will Issue Permit

 

 

 

December 24

The Great Water Ripoff Advances

SoCal will Grow at All Costs to Man & Nature

 

 

Symbolic of the Corporate Ripoff

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Looking into the Mirror of Life sticky icon

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS
&
Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves and our choices.

 

 

Last Updated 

 August 31 2017

 

Covering Astrophysics
from
October of 2015 through August of 2017

SEE BELOW

 


  NEXT
Looking Into the Mirror of Life, 2017, II

 

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Early-Season June 2019 Heatwave Tortures Europe

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Euro Temps June 27, 2019
Extreme Euro Temps June 27, 2019, by Joshua Stevens, at NASA GSFC.
"...represents air temperatures at 2 meters (about 6.5 feet) above the ground. The drkest red areas are where the model shows temperatures surpassing 40°C (100°F), by Joshua Stevens, using GEOS-5 data from the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA GSFC. Convert C-F

 

Heatwave Tortures Europe

Heatwave Scorches Europe,
NASA Earth Observatory, June 28, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Heat Wave
“Many parts of the continent saw the hottest temperatures so far for 2019, with some cities recording their hottest day on record.”

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News of Climate & Ecological Change, The Summer of 2019

 

 

CHANGING WEATHER, 
&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

2019

Updated Daily 

July 12,  2019

 ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Summer of 2019

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Blooming, feeding, mating, and migration patterns of all living things are changing around the world.

Here we track the obvious and the subtle human affects on Nature. The club and the knife, if you will.

 

Previous Reports-Research

Spring of 2019

Winter of 2019

2018 Climate News

October-December 2017

 

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Second Fastest, Largest C02 Growth in 2019, Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May

UPDATE
Carbon Dioxide Reaches Record Levels, Plus 6 Things to Know About the Greenhouse Gas,
NASA Earth Observatory, June 14, 2019.

Global CO2
Global CO2, NASA.
NASA, read more about this image measuring global CO2 here.

 

Original Article
ECO-CRASH NEWS: OCEAN of AIR

Oceans of Hot Air

Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May,
Monthly average surpassed 414 parts per million at Mauna Loa Observatory,
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, June 4, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

CO2 Over the Top
"...the average for May peaking at 414.8 parts per million (ppm)..."

"...highest seasonal peak recorded in 61 years of observations on top of...Mauna Loa..."

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Extreme Weather Increasing, Tropical Cyclones are Stalling More

 

ECO-CRASHING WATER NEWS

West Houston, Texas
West Houston Texas, After Hurricane Harvey, NOAA Image.
After Hurricane Harvey, NOAA Image, more.

 

Extreme Weather Increasing

Tropical Cyclones are Stalling More,
NASA Earth Observatory, June 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Extreme Rainfall Hurricanes
Recently Stalled/Parked Hurricanes
'18, Hurricane Florence, "...lingered in a confined region near the North Carolina coast for 53 hours, becoming the wettest tropical cyclone on record for the Carolinas."

'17, "Hurricane Harvey stalled for more than 100 hours in the northern Gulf of Mexico, pumping disastrous amounts of moisture into Texas."

'08, "Tropical Storm Fay hovered near Florida for at least 66 hours and became one of the most prolific rain-producing storms in the area."

Trending
Longer is Stronger...
"...those stalls were not freak occurrences, but instead fit with a growing trend of slower, longer-lasting hurricanes in the North Atlantic."

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Fertilizer Plants Underreported Emissions More CO2 than All US Industrial Production

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: ROOTS of the PROBLEM

Factory Smoke
Factory Smoke,  by JuergenPM.
Conversion of more & more energy. JuergenPM

 

Under Counting on the Ground--BUT--Everything Counts Up in the Sky

Fertilizer Plants emit 100 times more Methane than Reported,
Cornell University, June 6, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Fertilizer Plants
Methane Emissions

> "...100 times higher than the fertilizer industry's self-reported estimate."

> "...higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate for all industrial processes in the United States."

Self-Regulation & Reporting
"It shows us that there's a huge gap between a priori estimates and real-world measurements."

Natural Gas
Burned
"...use of natural gas has grown in recent years, bolstered by improved efficiency in shale gas extraction and the perception that natural gas is a less dirty fossil fuel."

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Africa to Fry Under Any of the Current Climate "Scenarios"

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS HEALTH & FITNESS

Africa to Fry Under Any of the Current Climate "Scenarios"

Extreme Heat to Hit One Third of the African Urban Population,
Université de Genève, June 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

173 African Cities
"...a range of possible scenarios regarding the rate of climate change and socio-economic development in 173 African cities for the years 2030, 2060 and 2090."

Population Growth & Urbanization
"...highlight the influence of socio-economic development on the impact of climate change."

Lethal Combination
"...Africa - are experiencing heavy urbanisation and socio-economic development, leading to an explosion in the size of urban populations. A combination of these two factors is having a major impact on the living conditions of city-dwellers in Africa, especially in terms of exposure to extreme - or even lethal - temperatures."

Measuring Unbearable
"...calculate the number of people per day exposed to apparent temperatures above 40.6°C (105°F) in cities in Africa on an annual basis."

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At the Center of Our Galaxy: Star Orbits Our Black Hole at 2.7% of Light Speed

UPDATES

Massive Gas Cloud Rotating Around Sag A*

Matter Itself Observed Falling into Sag A*

 

ASTROPHYSICS

At the Center of Our Galaxy

Star Orbits Our Black Hole at 2.7% of Light Speed
(4971 Miles Per Second)

GRAVITY confirms predictions of general relativity,
CNRS, July 30, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

What
"Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* Black Hole) sits at the centre of our galaxy, 26,000 light-years from Earth. This black hole, which has a mass 4 million times that of the sun, is surrounded by a star cluster - the S stars - which reach mind-boggling speeds when they approach the hole."

Sagittarius A* Within its Star Cluster
Sagittarius A* and its star cluster
Credit, Copyright by Paris Observatory / LESIA

"...to follow one particular star in the Sgr A* system - S2 - before and after it passed close to the black hole on 19 May 2018. GRAVITY achieved a resolution of 50 microarcseconds: the angle at which a tennis ball placed on the moon would be visible from Earth."

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