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December 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index


December 27, 2018









High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

December, 2018

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. 

The vast majority of our reporting on Nature comes from the American Association of Scientists summarizations of each day's bounty of the peer-reviewed research published by academic institutions and journals around the world.

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ARRIVAL of the WINTER of 2019

ARRIVAL of the WINTER of 2019

Current Progress, Comparisons, and the Arts of Prognostication

Warm North Pacific
The anticipated El Nino is not happening, so far at least, as cool water continues to surface off the central-Western coast of South America. But, we are having what appears to be a, "Northern El Nino," with abberant warm waters persisting in the Gulf Alaska, and generally warmer than normal water spread all around & across the North Pacific. Weird...

Tracking El Nino

Nonetheless, we’re looking a lot better this year than last, having 108% of a normal snowpack on December 5th this year, compared to the 23% of average on December 29th of 2017.

Last year’s snowpack total came in at 58% of average, only being preserved, and luckily, being stretched-out to human-use sufficiency, by the cool temps and late-season storms we experienced through last year's Spring.

Will we get so little snow, and be so lucky with its timing, this year as we had last year?



Tracking El Nino

Tracking Tropical Activity

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