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July and August 2015 High Sierra Backpacker's News of Note | High Sierra Backpacker

July and August 2015 High Sierra Backpacker's News of Note

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 August 2015

News for  High Sierra Backpackers

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Original Article
Grey Swans: Rare but predictable storms could pose big hazards,
Princeton, August 31, 2015.  


Two Analysis 
Warm Arctic Brews Severe Winters From U.S. to Asia, Study Says,
Bloomberg, August 31, 2015. 

Worst case scenario: How bad could a tropical cyclone be?
Arstechnica, August 31, 2015.  

Spoiler Alert: BAD!

Folsom hiker found alive after 9 days in Sierra National Forest, Sac Bee, August 29, 2015.


There Aren’t Enough Firefighters to Stop America’s West From Burning, Bloomberg, August 26, 2015.



Hottest Year, Drought, Bringing  
Greatest Fire Threat in CA History

California wildfires keep 10,000 firefighters on front lines, Sac Bee, August 20, 2015.

Thousands forced out as Rough fire surges to 31,000 acres, Fresno Bee,  August 19, 2015. 

Boy accused of starting Willow fire charged with felony arson, Fresno Bee,  August 18, 2015.  

Also See:
Hottest July, & Year in Human History

California Fire and Smoke Information



Plague Persists 
Second Yosemite tourist diagnosed with plague, SF Chron, August 19, 2015.

Also See:
Yosemite Plage earlier this year

Mono Country and Sierra Plague Warnings

Plague Index of Information and News



 Pump it Up!
New research shows that hummingbird tongue is really a tiny pump, UCONN, August 19, 2015.

Bad News for the Reptiles 
Global warming lethal to baby lizards: Nests become heat traps, ASU,  August 18, 2015. 


NSA will not be happy
New internet routing method allows users to avoid sending data through undesired countries, University of Maryland, August 18, 2015.


Ticks, Bedbugs, Fleas all expanding, now... 
Lice in at least 25 states show resistance to common treatments, American Chemical Society,  August 18, 2015. 


Never Stop Moving 
The nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko's brain, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 17, 2015.  

The Pumping Should Concentrate This:
Study: 2 major US aquifers contaminated by natural uranium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,  August 17, 2015.  

Also See: Valley Sinking, in 2015 Drought News.



How to Reduce Megafires And Increase California’s Water Supply:
Nature Conservancy buys10,000-acre High Sierra forest previously managed for timber interests, August 11, 2015.



You Gotta See This

Great Square of Pegasus points to Andromeda galaxy, Earth-Sky, August 16, 2015.

 Andromeda is clearly visible to backpackers under dark skies. Well, fuzzy-clear. I used to bring an old set of opera glasses, but the weight considerations got to me as the trail guide info increased. Today we have good, light, plastic binocs for astronomical backpackers.

Lightweight Binoculars for Backpackers

Also See
Astronomy for Backpackers

Sky, Time and Navigation Information



Tuolumne Meadows Campground Closing
 Plague Threat Expands 
AUGUST 14 2015
By my recokening plague rolls through the Sierra every few years, judging by the rise and fall of the craziness of the small and large mammals over a couple of decades. Seasonal weather changes have expanded species suseptibility to infection, increasing human risk and exposure. In my opinion.

And, making the small mammals crazy almost every other year...

That bodes well.

Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows Campground to Be Closed After 2 Squirrels Found Dead From Plague, KTLA,  August 14, 2015.
(Closed from noon on August 17 to noon on August 21)

Yosemite National Park Plague Information

Mountain Safety, High Sierra Plague Warning.

Tuolumne Meadows, National Park Service
(Closed from noon on August 17 to noon on August 21)


See Recent and Historical Plague Warnings, below.

Also See: Mountain Safety, High Sierra Plague Warning.

Plague Index of Information and News


Food Fight 

No such thing as a free meal... when the food fights back:
Man fights off bear near Yosemite National Park, drives himself to hospital, LAT,  August 14, 2015.



The first two weeks of August have been dominated by the massive fires in North California, and California continuing business as usual while using up the last bits of remaining water.

Jerusalum, Rocky fires merge in Lake County, Press Democrat, August 14, 2015.


 Also See: High Sierra Weather, Fire and Smoke Reports. Drought.



Latest forecast suggests 'Godzilla El Niño' may be coming to California, LAT,  August 13, 2015.

El Niño Won't End California Drought, State Says, Capitol Public Radio, August 13, 2015.


Also See: High Sierra Weather, El Nino Reports.



Tree limb falls on tent in Yosemite, killing 2 minors, CNN,  August 14, 2015.


Also See: Mountain Safety, Snags.



Mono County offers smorgasbord of diseases, The Sheet, August 14, 2015.

L.A. County child treated for human plague after visiting Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, OC Register, August 6, 2015.


Also See: Mountain Safety, High Sierra Plague Warning.

  Plague Index of Information and News


Here Chaos Comes, Again

Study shows how climate change threatens health, Earth Institute, August 14, 2015.



Making the World a Beerable Place

More details on origin of world's favorite beer-making microbe, University of Wisconsin-Madison,  August 13, 2015. 


Watch Out for the Green Water

Toxic blue-green algae pose increasing threat to nation's drinking, recreational water, OSU,  August 12, 2015. 


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