January of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 28 January 2019

 

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 Man and Nature

 
January, 2019

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.

Our 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 in the sky 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, navigation, and, of course, weather and climate 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 our hike through 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.

 

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Day Length

December 1
9:38:23
Day length decreasing 1:12 per day

 

November 1
10:35:40
Day length decreasing 2:07 per day.

 

October 1
11:47:07
Day length decreasing 2:24 per day.

 

September 1
13:01:08
Day length decreasing 2:25 per day.

 

August 1
14:04:47
Day length decreasing 1:48 per day.

 

July 1
14:50:22
Day length decreasing 0:37 per day.

 

June 1
14:36:36
Day length increasing 1:02 per day.

 

May 2
13:52:56
Day length increasing 2:09 per day.
Trail Guide: Time Resources

 

VERNAL EQUINOX
March 20
12:08:40
Day length increasing 2:26 per day.

 

March 17
12:01:19
Day length increasing 2:26 per day.

 

March 1
11:22:27
Day length increasing 2:25 per day.

 

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

Perseid Meteor Shower,
August 11, 12, & 13

 

Rising in the Evening East
Summer Triangle
Night Skies on the Trail Guide

 

Fading out into Sunsetting West
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

 

Earlier Events

Full Lunar Eclipse,
January 31, 2018

N America Full Eclipse of the Sun,
August 21, 2017.

 

 

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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

 

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2019


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 January 31

SKEETER REALITY CHANGING

Too Much of a Good Thing Always Turns Bad? DEET. Antibiotics...

DEET Resistance Aids Transmission of West Nile Virus

 

 

 

January 30

 

WEATHER, CLIMATE, & ROSSBY WAVES

Vast Troves of Big Data, Methods, and Supercomputers See Deep Relationships

Rossby Waves Tie Together Extreme Rainfall Events Across the World

 

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

Balanced between Chemical & Fire Safety?

Camping Tents Grossly Exceed Chemical Safety Standards

 

 

 

January 29

 

CLIMATE CHANGING WEATHER

Polar Vortex Sliding off Top of Our Planet

Arctic Weather Plunges into North America

 

 

WILD THINGS REESTABLISHING THEMSELVES A TOEHOLD IN CALIFORNIA?

Gray Wolves Protected in California

Judge Upholds Protection for Gray Wolves in California

 

 

 

January 28

 

WEATHER

Polar Vortex

The Broken Polar Vortex is carrying vast chuncks of Frigid, FAR BELOW ZERO, Arctic Air across the North-Central down across the SE of the US, while disrupting the Jet Stream & progression of Highs & Lows across the Pacific.

Two Sides of the Vortex
What people are not talking about is how the other side of the vortex, its Eastern half, is moving vast amounts of very warm air to the North (for the Arctic Winter), up into the Arctic Circle, and across the North Pole.

The Other Side of the Coin
As we of the Central, SE, and Eastern US are experiencing incredibly cold temperatures being swept down to the Southeast, by the Western Half of this errant Vortex, we can reciprocally expect the Arctic and North Pole to experience extreme warm conditions caused by the warm air it's far Eastern edge is conducting up to the Northwest.

Vortex of Increasing Feedback
This means that the current Arctic warming is causing increasing Polar Vortex, "instabilities," who's behaviors and increasing frequencies are further accelerating the transportation of even more heat into the Arctic. Massive amounts of warmth are transported North every time the Polar Vortex slides off the top of our planet...

This cold we are experiencing down here is a very small part of the process of the Arctic absorbing even more heat. Polar Vortex-caused freezing is going to get worse in our rapidly-warming future, before it gets better.

Tropical Arctic
I will not be surprised if the Arctic experiences above-freezing Winter temperatures again this year, as it did with last year's Polar Vortex sliding off the top of our planet.

Last Year, just like This Year...

Climate Change, We are Killing the World: Massive 2018 Mid-Winter Arctic Warming

Warm Arctic Chills Dixie? 2018 Warming Arctic Channels Frigid Air South

 

 

 

January 17

 

Impending Total Eclipse of the Moon,
In the Sky.

Sun, Jan 20, 2019
From 19:35 to 22:51 PST

 

 

WINTER WEATHER, THE POLAR VORTEX, and the WINTER WONDERLAND

Enjoy the Show and the Snow

Wet and Stormy Week for all California; Dry Dipole Pattern to Follow

 

 

 

January 11

 

SEASON NORMAL SNOWPACK

First time I've seen that in a while...

High Sierra Calendar, Second Week of January, 2019

 

 

January 9

 

A Series of Lows & Their Fronts

The NOAA Surface Forecast on the 5th, below, predicting three big storms lining-up across the Pacific today has played out nearly as expected:
TODAY
12:00 ZULU North Pacific
Click for Latest MapNorth Pacific Surface Map, 1-9-19, NOAA.

Though these Lows are lined-up, the increasing tendency of Lows to travel South to North as the Arctic Vortex weakens, as well as along their traditional West to East tracks, makes continued instability our only certainty.

The weakening Arctic Vortex seems to be affecting both the pace and trajectory of Central and North Pacific Lows; they wander about, and even track to the NW during the depths of Winter.

The Latest Maps

 

 

Jan 6

 

Stationary Front Along the WHOLE NW Coast of USA:

The Long Tail of a Front Line descending South from the Lows over Seattle, that we mentioned yesterday, below, have not moved for a over a day. Stationary Fronts like this typically bring bucketfulls of precip...

So, not only do we have a series of powerful Lows and their associated Fronts lining-up in their march East, towards us, across the North Pac (see graphic below), that weird elongated Low that formed-up over Seatlle and Vancover Island, along with its Front tailing down along the whole coast of the NW corner of the US, are not yet moving, after a over a full day in the same positions.

SURFACE MAPS

10 am Saturday Morning to 10 am Sunday Morning:

Jan 6 12:29 PST

Jan 5 12:48 PST

The Current series of the last three days North Pacific Surface Maps

 

Backpacker's Calendar


 

Jan 5

Seasonal Update

A Series of Storms lining up on the West Coast

After the elongated Low covering the Northwest Corner of the United States passes to the North and East, the next Low to hit the NW Corner of the US will have two more deep lows following it across the North Pacific, lining up a series of three storms across the North Pacific by the 9th. Below, NOAA depicts what the North Pacific is supposed to look like at 4 am on the 9th of Jan:
North Pacific Weather Map showing three storms lining up on January 9, 2019, NWS.
The exact behavior of these approaching Low Pressure Zones (again, the above map is today's forecast for the 9th), especially their trajectory across the West Coast of the USA, will depend on the configuration of High Pressure off and on our Western Shore. (US Map) That configuration will determine exactly where these Low Pressure Zones hit.
Currently, the, "elongated" Low(s) (map) sitting over Seatlle are presently being pushed North along the Western US by big onshore Highs, though the precipitation along their attached front line, (which is running down the West Coast) is moving East, bringing precip to N Cal and snow to the N Sierra.

Our last snowpack reading on the 3rd revealed 70% of a normal snowpack for January 3. Our next reading after this series of storms should put us on or near a normal snowpack, even if High Pressure diverts the majority of the activity around to our North.

Potentially large snowfalls are on the way... Well, somebody is going to get hit...

 

North Pacific Surface Map Forecast

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US Weather Map Forecast

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  January 31

OCEANS, WATER, & ICE

New Mechanisms and Processes of Glacial Melting Found

Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay

 

 

THE RAPID RISE of EXTINCTION STUDIES

New Level of Extinction Stress Drives Science Forward!

Climate Change and Infertility -- a Ticking Time Bomb?

 

 

 

January 30

 

LOOKING BACK THROUGH TIME & SPACE REVEALS INCREASING EXPANSION

Pursuing the Cosmological Constant Closer to the Big Bang by the Light of Quasars

Astronomers Find Dark Energy Varies Over Time

 

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, EXERCISE, & NATURAL ENGAGEMENT

Fix them All with your Regularly-Used Wilderness Backpack...

Exercise Improves Thinking Skills in People as Young as 20

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGING OCEAN LIFE

Ocean Ecosystems Under Siege: Sea Star Decline Reverberates

Key Sea Star Predator Wiped Out by Disease and Abnormally Warm Waters

 

 

 

January 29

 

OCEANIC CLIMATE-CHANGING EXTREMITY

Extreme Weather Increasing in All its Aspects

NASA sees Warming Seas Radically Increasing Extreme Storms by 2100

 

 

 

January 26

 

ICE, OCEANS, FISH, & WATER

Arctic Melting Exposing Ancient Terrain

A Landscape Unseen for Over 40,000 Years

 

 

MOUNTAIN FROG NEWS-RESEARCH

The Sad Present & Future Status of the Mountain-Dwelling Cascades Frog

Drier Mountains Pose a Double Whammy for Cold-Adapted Amphibians

 

 

EXTREME WEATHER

Australia Scorched by Record-Setting Heat Wave

Direct to Articles

Fires Start while Fish, Horses, Bats all Dying in Large Numbers:
Approaching a Major Extinction Event in Australia?

Fires have forced hundreds to flee their homes in Tas on Australia Day,
News.com.au, January 26, 2019.

"...intense heatwave is continuing today..."

 Stifling heat wave descends on Australia, killing dozens of horses,
CBC, January 24, 2019.

"...highest temp ever recorded by a major Australian city, peaking at a searing 46.6 C"

46.6C = 1115F

Australia heatwave: overnight minimum of 35.9C in Noona sets new record,
Guardian, Jan 17, 2019.

"...the record-breaking 48.9C recorded in Port Augusta on Tuesday."

48.9C = 120F

Refs

Melbourne and Sydney should prepare for 123 degrees F

2018 Climate Change News: North China Plain Rapidly Becoming Uninhabitable

 

 

Related

Part of a Larger Ecocide?

Collapse Is Already Here, It's a process, not an event,
Peak Prosperity, January 25, 2019.

 

 

 

January 25

 

WATER is for FIGHTING

The Party’s Over…But, Our Leaders are too Greedy to Stop Stealing...

On the Water-Starved Colorado River, Drought Is the New Normal

 

 

GLOBAL OCEANS

2018 Sea Surface Temperatures Hottest Ever

Record-breaking Ocean Temperatures Point to Trends of Global Warming

 

 

ARCTIC OCEANS, ICE, & ATMOSPHERE ALL RAPIDLY WARMING

Rapid Arctic Warming: Unique Arctic Atmosphere & Local Amplification Cited

New study Reveals Llocal Drivers of Amplified Arctic Warming

 

 

Polar Vortex Splits Under Warming Stratosphere

 

 

 

January 23

 

CLIMATE CHANGED NEWS & RESEARCH

IT’S HERE
Measurable Climate Consequences of WAY Too Many Humans

2x- to 3x Heatwave Increase Frequency & Severity in UK Since 1878

 

 

GLOBAL CLIMATE CROSSING TIPPING POINTS

Greenland Melting Rapidly Expanding & Accelerating

Greenland Melting Four Times Faster Than 2003

 

 

 

January 22

 

Photo Pheature

After the Red Giant Explodes
SPACE BUBBLE
A Fleeting Moment in Time
Planetary Nebula ESO 577-24, Credit to ESO.
Planetary Nebula ESO 577-24, Credit to ESO.

Direct to Article

Expanding Gas Shell of Exploded Red Giant

A fleeting moment in time,
ESO, January 22, 2019.

More
RED GIANT
Before
the Red Giant Explodes
 Alma (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/W. Vlemmings
Red Giant W Hydrae, Photo Credit: Alma (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/W. Vlemmings.
The dotted ring shows the size of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, seen from an angle.

The Universe: Seeing our Future in Deep Space: Cool Red Giant

 

 

 

CLIMATE CRASHING NEWS

Let the Past be Our Guide? I Hope Not...

Ancient Climate Change Triggered Warming Lasting Thousands of Extra Years

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

My Cell Phone Health Concerns Run Deep

5G Health Effects: Is This Wireless Technology Even Safe?

 

 

 

January 18, 2019

 

ANTHROPOCENE

Direct to Article

The contiguous United States just lost its last wild caribou,
Science, January 17, 2019.

Anthropocene, 2019

 

 

 

January 17

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & FRANKENSTEIN FOOD SCIENCE

GMO: Creating Foods that Can Eat You, Each Other, & Destabilize Nature, Too...

Molecules of GM Food can Accumulate in Human Digestive Tract and Enter Cells of Body

 

 

 

January 16

 

FORESTS, TREES, PLANTS & OUR CHANGING CLIMATE

Innovative Study Links Satellite & Climate Data with Heat-Stunted Tree Growth

Water, not temperature, limits global forest growth as climate warms

 

 

WARMING OCEANS, WATER, ICE, & PERMAFROST

First Global Assessment of Status & Rates of Different Zones of Changing Permafrost

PERMAFROST DISASTER GROWING ALMOST EVEYWHERE

 

 

OCEANS, ICE, LIFE, & ATMOSPHERE

Self-Reinforcing Methane Releases Underway in Greenland, and from Under Melting Glaciers Everywhere?

Melting Ice Sheets Release Tons of Methane into the Atmosphere

 

 

OCEANS, ICE, & OUR RAPIDLY CHANGING CLIMATE

Once Thought Invincible, East Antarctic Ice Now seen as Vulnerable

East Antarctica’s Ice is melting at an Unexpectedly Rapid Pace

 

 

 

January 15

 

FORESTS, TREES, PLANTS, & PEOPLE

Understanding Tree Mortality

Can our forests survive the next drought?

 

 

OCEANS, WARMING, & WAVES

Global Warming a Surfer’s Dream?

Upper-Ocean Warming Making Waves Stronger

 

 

ORBITAL INFLUENCES on OCEANS, ANTARCTIC ICE, & CHANGING CLIMATE

Potential Confluence of Grand Orbital Cycles with Human Ignorance

Antarctic ice sheet could suffer a one-two climate punch

 

 

 

January 12

 

FISH, OCEANS, ICE, WATER, & CLIMATE

Reconciling Complex Data from a Very Complex System

Oceans Warming even Faster than Previously Thought

 

 

CLIMATE CRASHING FAKE CORPORATE NEWS EXPOSED

Report puts quiet coda on wild allegations published in the Daily Mail.

“Climategate,” and NOAA “Scandal,” were Manufactured FAKE NEWS

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS ABOVE OUR HEADS

A Look at Another Huge Small Part of the Big Picture

Hubble takes gigantic image of the Triangulum Galaxy

 

 

3RD WORLD USA

And Our Corporate Elite’s “Global” Supply Chain...

Scary Reality of US Medicines Tainted with Germs, Glass, Carcinogens, Mystery Particles

Just Like China!

 

 

WATER, CLIMATE, ECOLOGICAL & CULTURAL DESTRUCTION

Growing Megacities in Deserts Driving Yet More Climate Change & Aridification/Megadrought

Our current drought is worse than most megadroughts, new study says

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS: WHAT IS THIS THING?

New View of Our Universe, and Meet Al’s, “Superstring

Our Universe: An Expanding Bubble in an Extra Dimension?

 

 

 

January 11 

 

OCEANS, WATER, FISH, & HEAT

Where Has All the Heat Gone? Into Changing the Circulation of the Deep Blue Sea...

A century and half of reconstructed ocean warming offers clues for the future

 

 

OCEANS, WATER, FISH, & ICE

Deep Ocean Currents Are Liquid Time Capsules

The Long Memory of the Pacific Ocean

 

 

TREES & FORESTS CHANGING WITH CHANGING CLIMATE

Winter Snows are a Primary Source of Water for the Western U.S.

15 years of Sat Views show Sierra-Great Basin Transformation from a Seasonal to an Ephemeral Snow Pack

 

 

FORESTS, TREES, CLIMATE, & TECHNOLOGY

New Relationships Revealed by “Super Studies” Amassing & Organizing Vast Troves of Information

These nine measures reveal how forests are controlled by climate

 

 

 

January 9 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS & RESEARCH

Irish Supersoil Fights Human Superbugs

Bacteria found in Ancient Irish Soil Stops Superbugs

 

 

 

January 3

 

BUTTERFLIES

Alternative Migration Strategies Part of Monarch Decline?

Fewer monarch butterflies are reaching their overwintering destination

 

 

ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS

NASA's New Horizons Takes a Clear Look at Ultima Thule in the Distant Kuiper Belt

NASA's New Horizons Mission Reveals Entirely New Kind of World

 

 

WEATHER & CLIMATE

The Madden-Julian Oscillation Changing in Warming World

Reliable tropical weather pattern to change in a warming climate

 

 

 

 

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