February 2018 All High Sierra News Index


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 02 March 2018

 

Last Updated
February 28, 2018

 

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 Man and Nature

 


Feburary 28, 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 from around the world.

My focus is on everything, every living thing and natural process that we will encounter hiking from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney, and out the Portal. The birds, the bees, the water, the trees, the granite in the ground under our feet, and the stars overhead at night.

Our goal of tracking the status and trajectory of everything we encounter and engage as we hike through the Natural World then brings into play everything it takes to put and keep us out there, which covers a plethora of backpacker-related safety, health, fitness, gear, skills, observation, and, of course, weather issues. Finally, the most deciseive factor we track that predicts the current status and future trajectory of the health and well-being of Nature are the behaviors, science, culture, and arts of Mankind, who are both one of Nature's greatest and worse creations at the same time. We're going to try to make things better at the bottom-line.

We track the alingment of forces affecting the Nature of Life on this planet.

You will get the latest news from the forefronts of Climate, Bio, Astro, and the hard sciences affecting our engagement with Nature here, typically two days before hitting the corporate press, but a very long time after they've already deeply affected Man & Nature, if the grimness of our purposeful ecological collapse even comes across the pages of the corporate press at all.

You'll get the real deal here.

 

Updated
Feburary
28, 2018

 

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ALL MOUNTAIN SAFETY INCIDENTS

 

APRIL 1 BACKPACKER ALERT.

 

 

Day Length

February 1
10:19:56
Day length increasing 1:58 per day.

 

January 21
10:02:02
Day length increasing 1:36 per day.

 

January 2
9:37:17
Day length increasing 0:42 per day.

 

WINTER SOLSTICE
December 21
9:32:53
Day length decreasing −0:01 per day yesterday, as daylight contraction ended today. and began expanding.

 

December 1
9:44:18
Day length decreasing −1:08 per day.

 

November 1
10:35:08
Day length decreasing −2:07 per day.

October 1
11:46:31

 

Night Skies

Rising out of East
Winter Circle,
Earth-Sky, January 17, 2017.

 

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

 

December 21
First Day of Winter
NASA: Annual Cycle of Light

 

Observe the Geminids,
Dec 12-13

 

Last Events

Full Lunar Eclipse,
January 31, 2018

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

 

November 2017 Status
Check for Fire & Snow Closures!

SNOW CLOSURES 

SEASONAL
November 22

Caltrans and Yosemite NP closed all the Seasonal Passes as of Tuesday the 14th for the impending Storms, but it looks like they are keeping them closed for the season. We'll see!

All Road Status Reports

November 14

Ebbetts, Sonora, & Tioga Passes Closed

 

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Feburary, 2018
WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
INFORMATION

IMPORTANT

Winter Storm Warnings

Tracking This Winter's Weather Trends

 

 

High Sierra Avalanche Center: Tahoe Region

High Sierra Avalanche Center: Central Sierra

High Sierra Avalanche Center: East Sierra

 

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WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

February 25

TRAIL ARTS & CULTURE

DIRTBAG: THE MOVIE

Life of Climbing legend Fred Becky

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

LOST BACKPACKER FOUND

Missing Hiker Found Safe In Yosemite National Park,
Yosemite, NPS, February 23, 2018.

 

 

 

February 24

BACKPACKER ALERT

SERIOUS COLD SNAP

 

 

 

February 23

YOSEMITE ALERT

ROAD

8:29 PM, February 22
Big Oak Flat Road will be closed overnight from Crane Flat intersection to the Foresta Junction due to heavy snow. Road crews are working on clearing the road but there is no estimated time of re-opening.

 

YOSEMITE

ALERTS & NOTICES

Roads & Pass

 

Caltrans High Sierra Road Resources

 

 

 

February 22

Geo-Atmospheric-Solar Juxtiposition

Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat

Yosemite Firefall

 

 

 

February 20

HIGH SIERRA LIVING HISTORY

IN LOVE WITH A GHOST TOWN

Champion Sparkplug Mine

 

 

HIGH SIERRA HIKING DOGS

Lost in the Wilderness

"Ace," Another Lucky Dog, Survives Wilderness Adventure

 

 

 

February 19

WINTER FIRE
Ultra Dry Winter Fire in Bishop

New Normal Emerging: Wait 'till Summer

 

 

February 12

LUCKY DOG, er, Canine...

"Feeling Lucky?"

Coyote with Head in Plastic Jar Captured

Recovering

 

 

Winter Mosquitoes

Owens Valley

Skeeters Rise in Unseasonable Heat

 

 

SEKI

Permit Restrictions

Professional Four & Two Leg Guide Permit Woes

 

 

GEOLOGY NEWS

2017 The Year in Yosemite Rockfalls

Yosemite Records 85 Rockfalls

 

 

Geo Tour

Moon, Sierra, and the Alabama Hills

 

 

TIOGA PASS DRIVEN TO

Very Little Snow

Caltrans Runs Gear to Tiogal Pass

 

 

 

February 4
DROUGHT CONDITIONS EMERGE IN MID-WINTER

United States Drought Monitor: West

 

See the
High Sierra Calendar
for more information

 

High Sierra Weather Page
Drought & Flood

 

 

 

February 3
We are today in the middle of a major heat wave during the middle of Winter. This High began building in on the 26th of January.(calendar) Accelerated snow melt is happening across the already well-below normal snowpack.

National Snow Analyses, Sierra Nevada
Note the snowpack temps and melt rate.

Latest Snowpack Data
(Calendar)

The real import of this heat wave is how it has established a much higer baseline for this Winter's temp profile, which indicates a much higher likelyhood of a short Winter and early Spring Thaw.

Heck, a freak thaw is beginning right now!

 

 

Feburary 1, 2018

 

  

January 14, 2018

Mid-Winter Transition Report of 2018

 

 

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MAN, SCIENCE,
NATURE

Research & News

 Feburary 28

DEEP SPACE EARLY DAYS

First Light on Dark Matter?

Ancient Radio Waves Distorted by Dark Matter

 

 

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & THE MIND

Mental Self-Stoner Magic of Wim Hof

Hof, The Unfreezable Dutch Adventurer

 

 

DEATH VALLEY

Recovering Life Blooms in Death Valley

Eureka Valley evening primrose and Eureka Dune Grass Recovering

 

 

KILLING OCEAN LIFE

Two Chinook Articles

Chinook Debacle
&
Spring Chinook Considered for Protection

 

 

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Feburary 27

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Heat Stroke Treatment Change

 

 

THE ANCIENT BANTU KILLED CENTRAL AFRICA?

That's NOTHING: We Americans are Killing the whole Modern World

RADICAL ARCTIC WARMING

 

 

DOING OUR PART IN MODERN CALIFORNIA

Human Driven Water & Ecosystem Destruction in California

Subsidized Illegals Poster Children of Irresponsible Growth Destroying our Environment

 

 

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Feburary 26

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

High Altitude Medicine

Improving Prediction of Altitude Problems

 

 

Obesity on the Rise

Kids Getting Fatter & Fatter

 

 

CRASHING ECOSYSTEMS

King Penguins Face Climate Change & Food Competition

Survival Unsure

 

 

Eco Crash Practice

Bantu Crashed Central Africa 2600 Years Ago

Dress Rehersal for Today's Global Crash

 

 

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Feburary 22

 

Fish, Water, & Climate

Latest Smelt News

A Third of Samples Not Really Smelt

 

 

WATER SCAM PROCEEDS

Twin Tunnels hearing lunges forward

Stealing When There's Nothing Left to Steal

 

 

CHANGE IS HERE

Rocky Mountain Spruce and Fir Trees

Damaged, Maybe Doomed

 

 

EXPANDING DEEP SPACE

Hubble Telescope Sharpens Hubble Constant

What's Really Happening Here?

 

 

Supernova First Light

Rare Sight of Fierce First Light

 

 

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Feburary 21

DROUGHT DISASTER APPROACHES

We Have Grown Ourselves to Destruction

The Age of Self-Induced Drought

 

 

KARMA COMES RAPIDLY

Global Weather Changes

Cape Town gets a Break

 

 

KARMA GOES HIGH & LOW

Sea Level to High Altitude Ecosystems Destroyed

High Elevation Wildflowers Disappearing

Sea Level Marshes Disappearing

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Drunken Fatties Rule!

Health & Fitness Surprises!

 

 

Ancient Human Travel Guide: DNA

Cleanly Observing Waves of Physical & Cultural Conflict

 

 

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Feburary 20, 2018

WILD MEDICINE

More Ant Medicine

These Ants have two Treatment Plans

 

 

WILD NIGHT NAVIGATION

Stellar Navigation

How animals follow the stars

 

 

DEEP SPACE

Furthest, Brightest, Oldest Supernova News

Ancient Magnatar Remnants Light Up Contemporary Understanding

 


Unexpected Observations

Active Black Hole not Suppressing Host Galaxy Stary Formation

 

 

STRIPPING & COOKING THE PLANET

Lobotomizing the Web of Life

Killing the Keys to Complexity

 

 

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Feburary 19, 2018

 

HEALTH & FITNESS
&
Fish & OCEANS

Microplastic Madness Everywhere

Plastic and its Toxic by-products are Everywhere in our Environment

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Amazing Advances in Tick Disease Tests

The New Tick-Borne Disease Serochip. AKA, "TBD Serochip"

 

 

RADICAL CLIMATE CHANGES EVERYWHERE

Climate Change Hits the Ground Running

Grazing Land Increasingly Unreliable

 

 

OUR AMAZING REALITY

Early Solar System Asteroids Contained Prebiotic Molecules

 

 

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Feburary 17, 2018

CRASHING CLIMATE NEWS

Polar Vortex Freaking Out

Polar Vortex Splits Under Warming Stratosphere

 

 

HOW TO CRASH YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Mega City Morons

Mexico City & MEGACITIES: How to Screw Everything

 

 

WARMING BLOWBACK

Massive Tibet Ice Avalances of 2016 Examined

Four Causes Discovered: Climate a Factor in Three

 

 

NOISE LIMITS?

Can Quantum Computers Work?

One Scientist Says No

 

 

CLIMATE CRASH NEWS

An Analysis of Degrading Climate and Awesome Atmospheric Beauty

Climate Impact and Fine Imagery of Glaciers, Storms, Fires, & Clouds

 

 

California Drought-Water Crisis

Descriptions with No Analysis: Let's Fix That

 

 

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Feburary 15, 2018

SIERRA HISTORY

High Sierra History Roundup

Three Western Museums Get their Wagons Rolling

 

 

SOUTH AMERICAN INVADER

Invasive Pest Resurfaces in Sierra Foothills

Nutria in Four Foothill Counties

 

 

WATER RIPOFF

Devils Straws Revival

Mordor Wants Our Water

 

 

BEE NEWS

A Symphony of Bees Buzzing

Water and Air Harmony Required

 

 

SPACE

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Extraterrestrial Weather

Storms of Neptune: The Dark Vortex

 

 

DEEP SPACE

Its Raining Exoplanets

100 New Exoplanets Discovered

 

 

BAD WATER

Post Industrial Decay: Interactive Water Quality Map

Bad American Municipal Water

 

 

BAD AIR

Perfume & Personal Product Pollution Exceeding Auto

An "Over-Producted" People

 

 

BAD HUMANS

Death & Retreat of Nature Everywhere

Mass Orangutan Loss on Borneo

 

 

 

Feburary 14, 2018

 

Changing Global Weather

Warming Arctic Chilling Dixie?

Warming Arctic Allowing Frigid Air Masses South

 

 

Geological History of Lake Tahoe

The Genesis of Lake Tahoe

Ancient Lava Dams

 

 

Massive Environmental Destruction

Global Proliferation of Urban Crapholes

472 cities above a million, 32 megacities above 10 million

 

 

Astro-Physics

Supermassive Black Holes

Ring of Gas found Rotating around Black Hole

 

 

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Feburary 12, 2018

MEGACITY FILTH

Plumes of Atmospheric Filth

Human Heat & Smog Concentrations Punching Holes in Nature's Face

 

 

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

Death of Herbicides

Weeds Going Out of Control

 

 

ANCIENT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Beewolf Ancient Antibiotic Medicine

68 Million Years of Antibiotic Effectiveness

 

 

EVERYTHING'S CHANGING RAPIDLY

Higher-Faster

Sea level rise accelerating

 

 

Planatary Plant Timing Changing

One Way: Accelerate Seed Dispersal

 

 

YET ANOTHER CORPORATE RIPOFF

Nestle in San Berdo Nat Forest

Selling Us our Own Water

 

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Feburary 8, 2018

Shitty Skies, Shitty People

Polluted air may pollute our morality

 

 

Chemical Creation of Contextual Memories

How we Navigate

 

 

Secrets of Bird Navigation

Chemical-Light Perception of Magnetic Bearings

 

 

How Bats Navigate

Sophisticated Evolutionary Incorporation of Echolocation-Sound Physics

 

 

Heat and Critters March Relentlessly North

Opossums Pushing North to the Limits of Frostbite

 

 

Super Wood

"Densified Wood"

 

 

Corporate Elite Killing Whitey

Mass Immigration & Industrial Offshoring

 

 

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Feburary 6, 2018

Irresponsible Growth Killing Everything

Is an iconic bird of California heading for its last dance?

 

 

Ozone Progress and Problems

More Problems than Progress

 

 

RADICAL CLIMATE/SEASONAL CHANGES
Planet Earth is Rapidly Changing

Nature Losing its Integrated Timing

Life no longer supporting itself

 

 

New Global Warming Problem

A Tidal Wave of Permafrost Mercury

 

 

AMAZING NATURE

Natural Wisdom of Shark Design

Denticles for Less Drag and More Lift

 

 

DEEP SPACE

Trappist-1 Habitable Planets?

Closer View does not Eliminate Life

 

 

DEEP WOUNDS: HEALING & FITNESS

New Wound Healing Technology

Good for Vast Wounds & Ineffective Antibiotics

 

 

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Feburary 5, 2018

HEALTH & FITNESS
BPA in 86% of Global Teenagers

Generations Lost to Chemically-Distorted Sexual Development: Denied Natural Sexuality

 

 

Micro-Plastic Poisoning our Planet and People

True Nature and Extent of Plastic Threat Explored

 

 

 

Feburary 4, 2018

THE PHYSICAL HISTORY OF LIFE

Last Ice Age Ended, & Extended, with a Bang

Younger Dryas Cosmic Cosmic Impact ~12,800 Years Ago

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Enduring Lyme Disease

Why we Avoid Ticks

 

 

 

Feburary 1, 2018

 Luxury Thieves

Too Many People, Too Many Thieves, Doom Abalone & Wild Fish in California

 

 

The Water System Collapses
We Pay for Profits

San Joaquin Subsidence Blues

 

 

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Anthropocene

 

 

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Previous News Pages

December 2017

October 2017

September of 2017

 

February and March of 2017

December of 2016 and January of 2017

October and November of 2016

August and September High Sierra & Nature News

 

 

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