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News and information about the Sierra Nevada Environment, and the environment in general. Posts about science in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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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.

The Big South East Pac View
From the South
Good for Observing-Tracking Tropical Transport Mechanisms

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Finding Some Truth behind the Failure of The Paris Climate Agreement by Examining Its Pledges sticky icon

 

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: INTERNATIONAL FRAUDS

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

 

Not Targeting the Sources, Nor even the Symptoms!

The Truth behind the Paris Agreement Climate Pledges,
Universal Ecological Fund, November 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

It Studies Itself
This study, "...examines in great detail the 184 voluntary pledges under the Paris Agreement, the first collective global effort to address climate change."

"Simply, the pledges are far too little, too late."

It Concludes Disaster Approaches
They Keep Saying, "If,"
"Failing to reduce emissions drastically and rapidly will result in an environmental and economic disaster from human-induced climate change."

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NOAA Assessing the U.S. Climate in October 2019 sticky icon

 

CLIMATE, WATER, & WEATHER: US SEPTEMBER

Extremes of US Temperature & Precipitation Continue

Assessing the U.S. Climate in October 2019,
NOAA NCEI, November 6, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Record Cold in NW with Record Heat in Southeast
"Below-average temperatures were observed from the High Plains to the Pacific Coast, while above-average temperatures blanketed the eastern third of the contiguous U.S. Parts of southern Florida were record warm."

October Temperatures
NOAA October US Mean Temperature Percentiles.
October US Mean Temperature Percentiles
 

Extreme Cold Event in Northwest
"An early-season snowstorm and associated bitter cold temperatures affected Rockies and Midwest...All-time record low temperatures for Oct were set across the West.

Extreme October Temperature
Wow
"Peter Sinks, UT, often one of the nation’s coldest locations, dropped to −46°F early on October 30, according to the Utah Climate Center. This temperature may be the coldest October temperature on record across the contiguous U.S."

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NOAA Assesses the Global Climate in October 2019: Second Hottest October on Record sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

NOAA Tracking Our Devolving Climate & Weather

Assessing the Global Climate in October 2019,
NOAA, November 18, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Second Warmest October Ever,
Second Warmest Year to Date, within range of records…
"The global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for October 2019 was the second highest for the month of October in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. "

Second Hottest Year to Date
The year-to-date temperature for 2019 was also the second warmest on record for the January–October period."

Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles Sept 2019
NOAA Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles for September 2019 showing the second hottest October ever.

NOAA charting the heat distribution of the second hottest October ever...

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Full Range of Rapid Climate Changes Across the Arctic Felt in Alaska sticky icon

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS-CLIMATE ISSUES INTERSECT IN ALASKA

The Incredible Rapidly Shrinking-Disappearing Alaskan Winters
Length of the snow season (gray bars) in Alaska each year from 1997-2018, by Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate and Policy.
Length of the snow season (gray bars) in Alaska each year from 1997-2018. Orange slanting bars show the trend: the date when the state becomes 50 percent snow covered is arriving a week later in October than it used it, and the spring "snow-off" date—when half the winter snow has melted—is arriving nearly two weeks earlier. Image by Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate and Policy.

 

Full Range of Rapid Changes Across the Arctic Felt in Alaska

New Report Highlights Alaska’s last Five Years of Dramatic Climate Change,
NOAA Climate, October 15, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"Alaska’s climate is changing, thanks to human-caused global warming, and the effects are widespread and sometimes dangerous."

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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

 

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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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News of Fish, Water, Oceans, Ice, and People sticky icon

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

 


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Looking Into the Mirror of Life, 2017, II

 

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NOAA Assesses the Global Climate in September 2019: Hottest September on Record

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Tracking Our Devolving Climate & Weather

Assessing the Global Climate in September 2019,
NOAA, October 16, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Warmest & Wettest September Ever
Second Warmest Year to Date on Record
"...2019 tied with 2015 as the highest for the month of September in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. The year-to-date temperature for 2019 was the second warmest January–September on record."

Hottest Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles for Sept during 2019
The September temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.71°F above the 20th century average of 59.0°F and tied with 2015 as the highest for September in the 1880–2019 record. NOAA.

Points

Hot Run
"The 10 warmest Septembers have all occurred since 2005, with the last five years (2015–2019) being the five warmest Septembers on record."

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The US Army Assesses What We're Up Against

 

STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE-WEATHER DESTRUCTION

Coming to an MegaCity Near You
Urban Tanks in our Climate Breakdown Future? Michel_van_der_Vegt, Pixabay.
Urban Tanks in our Climate Breakdown Future? Michel_van_der_Vegt, Pixabay.

 

The US Army Assesses What We're Up Against

Implications of Climate Change for the US Army,
Army War College. May 2019, PDF.

Our Future, According to the Army

I typically comment at the end of research. This report draws me to consider the environment in which this research was prepared.

While reading the highlights of this report, one must note that this military assessment seeks to provide information for the preparation of strategic and tactical responses not to, "climate change," but to the likely breakdown of whole countries and societies.

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September 2019 in the USA brings Extremes of Wet, Warm, and Dry

 

CLIMATE, WATER, & WEATHER: US SEPTEMBER

Extremes of Wet & Dry

Assessing the U.S. Climate in September 2019,
NCEI, October 8, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Second Warmest Month
September 2019 was second warmest in record, by NCEI.
"...second warmest September in the 125-year period of record. The warmest September on record occurred in 1998 and was 0.5°F warmer than in 2019."

Average Precip
September 2019 US Total Precipitation Percentiles, by NCEI.
"...September precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.42 inches, 0.07 inch below average, ranking in the middle third of the 125-year period of record."

Note the division of record precipitation and record dryness across the US during September. The extremes dry of the Southeast and extreme wet of the Upper Midwest balanced into an average of extremes.

Drought Growing in Southeast

Drought Report

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For the Climate Skeptics-Deniers, Straight Talk From an Expert on Climate Change, & The Paris Accord is a TOTAL Corporate Farce

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

For the Skeptics

Straight Talk From an Expert on Climate Change,
AGU Blog, September 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

A powerful set of Warming-Skeptical Questions and Powerful Statistical Chart Answers.

Charts

Solar Energy

Orbital Cycles

Earth Total Heat Content

 

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Huge Heat Waves Coming

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Our Hot Future
Our Hot Future, heatwaves could double by mid-century, Pixabay, Gellinger.
Heat waves are predicted to be more frequent and more intense. Now this research says they could be up to twice as large by 2050. Image on Pixabay, by Gellinger.

 

Huge Heat Waves Are Coming

Heat Waves Could Increase Substantially in Size by Mid-Century, says New Study,
NOAA Headquarters, October 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

The Situation
"...scientists expect the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. However, a commonly overlooked aspect is the spatial size of heat waves, despite its important implications."

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Grim New Model Updates 2007 Model Run: Nuke War Still Bad News

 

UPDATES
Princeton's, "Plan A," Nuke Destruction Video Report & Coalition of Physicists

War between India and Pakistan Would Have Global Consequences

 

POTENTIAL ANTHROPOCENE-ECO-CRASH NEWS: NUKE WAR

Modeling a Major Nuke Exchange
Big Nuke, Image FEMA,  ready.gov.
Kiss your ass goodby, Image FEMA, ready.gov. Big Image.

 

Grim New Model Updates 2007 Model Run: Nuke War Still Bad News

Nuclear Winter Would Threaten Nearly Everyone on Earth,
Rutgers University, August 28, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Modern Modeling
"...modern climate model to simulate the climatic effects of an all-out nuclear war between the United States and Russia."

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Tropical Soils, Microbes, and Heat Add Up to 10% More Atmospheric CO2

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: CO2 FEEDBACK LOOPS

Tropical Soils, Microbes, and Heat Add Up to 10% More CO2

Microbes in Warm Soils Released More Carbon Than Those in Cooler Soils,
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, September 30, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Unknown
"The fate of soil carbon in response to global heating remains one of the greatest sources of un-certainty in our predictions of future climate."

"Tropical soils have a particularly large influence on the global carbon cycle and are home to unique biodiversity, but their response to warming remains poorly understood."

Not Well Modeled
".while tropical forests may have the potential to release vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere as they warm, the effects of warming on tropical soils and the microbes that break down organic matter are poorly characterized."

The Experiment
"At four sites in the Peruvian Andes, Nottingham and colleagues removed soil cores from the ground. A set of cores stayed at the same site, while other cores were moved to sites either higher up the mountain (thus, cooler) or lower on the mountain (warmer), a 3,000-meter range equivalent to plus or minus 4 to 15 degrees Celsius."

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