March of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 20 March 2019

 

Updated
March 20, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
March
, 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.

 

Updated
March
20, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

 

Trail News Forum

General News Forum

 

 

Caltrans: ALL High Sierra Highway Status 

 

High Sierra Roads & Highway News

 

 

In the Sky

Observation Tools

 

 

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

 

Dead Serious

High Sierra Weather

All Snow Reporting Tools

High Sierra Calendar

Sierra Crestline Snow & Temps

 

HIGH SIERRA Mountain Safety Topics & Incidents

ALL MOUNTAIN SAFETY INCIDENTS

 

 

 

Day Length

March 1
11:19:59
Day length increasing +2:29 per day

 

February 1
10:14:51
Day length increasing +2:02 per day

 

January 1
9:29:49
Day length increasing +0:38 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
9:38:23
Day length decreasing -1:12 per day

Last Year's Day Lengths

 

 


Night Skies

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

 

Fading out into Sunsetting West
Winter Circle,
Earth-Sky, January 17, 2017.

 

Coming Soon
Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons,
Earth-Sky, March 2, 2017.

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

Trail News Forum

 

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LAST MONTHS' TRAIL NEWS 

 

March, 2019
WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

IMPORTANT

The Weather Page

On the Calendar

 

Storm Warnings

High Sierra Avalanche Center: Tahoe Region

High Sierra Avalanche Center: Central Sierra

High Sierra Avalanche Center: East Sierra

 

Status of Spring

 

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 Updated

 

March 17

THE MONSTER SNOW PACK of the WINTER of 2019

Yosemite Announces Delayed Facility Openings

Note the Snow will Affect High Trail Access, & Damages will Affect Trails Too

 

 

MAJOR SAR WINTER SIERRA SEARCH

Kersage Pass to Twin Lakes

Search Continues for Missing Marine

 

 

 

March 12

 

POLAR VORTEX

Finally, One Spinning Vortex, (rather than three, then two on an oval configuration), after a Month and and a Half of Chaos...
One Polar Vortex, Spinning around the Top of Our Planet

Polar Vortex, Earth

Watching the Planet...

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Mountain Sickness Medicine

High Altitude Medicine: Half Acetazolamide Dosage Sufficient

 

 

 

March 9

WARNING
REPOSTING THE WARNING OF MARCH 6,
below

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

SPRINGING

Dangers of the Heavy Winter & Potentials of the Spring Thaw of 2019

Conditions Indicate a Late Start for Wise & Observant PCT-JMT-TWT Hikers

 

 

WEATHER & PLANTS

Indications of Spring

Direct to Article

Rain brings 2nd California super bloom in 2 years,
Sac Bee, February 8, 2019.

Check out the bloom along the Western foot of the Sierra Nevada on the MODIS Satellite.

Recent superblooms, 1000 year rains, & such...

 

 

 

March 7

 

EXTREME WEATHER EVERYWHERE

Direct to Article
Hellish Aussie Summer Finishing with Fire

Fires Rage in Victoria,
NASA Earth Observatory, March 7, 2019.

January 26, 2019
Aussies Getting Fried

Related
Our Hot as Holy Hell New World: Melbourne & Sydney Should Expect 50-degree Celsius days

 

 

 

March 6

 

HIGH SIERRA SNOW STATUS

PCT-JMT-TYT-TWT Hikers Summer Condsiderations

A "Tropical" Winter
With this last storm, the third Tropical Transport Mechanisms since the beginning of Feburary 2019, (4th since the middle of January), the High Sierra Snowpack is right on the verge of equalling the massive snowpack of 2017. (averages)

2017
A Dangerous & Deadly Year

2017 had conditions along the High Sierra Crest that many folks could not deal with throughout the whole Summer, let alone during an early, or even a, "normal," start date for the PCT or JMT. Locations along the Crest held snow all Summer long, into the next Winter's snows. Many accidents, rescues, and fatalities occured after 2017's epic year, when Summertime backpackers entered the mountains based on their expectations, rather than the reality on the ground.

Mountain Safety, Summer & Spring of 2017

2019
2019 is such a year, and as such, it now requires all prospective PCT & early season JMT hikers to carefully observe the trajectory of conditons against the viability of their start date considering their own particular degrees of gearing, skills, and fitness.

Intense snow and fording conditions could persist through July.

March 2019 Calendar

March 2017 Calendar

 

What Kind of Year was the Heavy Snow Year of 2017 for PCT Hikers?
See these News Stories from 2017, below:

2017 Heavy Snow Seasonal Dangers

PCT Fatality Recovery

2017 Heavy Snow Seasonal Dangers


PCT Harrowing Self Rescue, followed by

2017 Heavy Snow Seasonal Dangers

 

Comments?
Above added to Trails Forum for March
 

See March 3, below.

 

 

Top of Trail News

Top of Page

 

 

NATIONAL STATUS & PROTECTIONS

Alabama Hills Scenic Area

Alabama Hills Stewardship Group brings Scenic Area Designation to Finish Line

 

 

March 5

 

FREAK WEATHER

Massive Mid-Winter Tornado Hits Deep Southeast US

EF4, Wind Speeds of 170 MPH

Direct to Article

22 confirmed dead in southeast Alabama community hit by massive tornado,
FOX 10, Mobile, AL, Mar 3, 2019.

Freezing & Abnormal Low Temps Continue

 

 

 

March 3

 

WEATHER, BACKPACKING, & THE SPRING BLOOM

Timing
Our Winter-Spring-Summer?
Start Dates
for
PCT-JMT-TWT
Backpacking Trips

FIRST

Can We See
A
PREVIEW of THIS 2019 YEAR in 2017?

Yes.

2017 was a Record Snow Year, and we approach those numbers in 2019.

So:

Danger-Danger!
 

As 2019 is working out very much like 2017,
which was a most dangerous and deadly year for PCT hikers.
So,
Let's review the Status & Conditions
of
2017:
 

2017
BACKPACKER ALERT
Through All of Spring & DEEP into Summer!

2017 BACKPACKER ALERT:
April 1 thru August 22, 2017. (coverage to 9-11)

 

NEXT

Let's Review 2019
So Far...

Implications of Februrary 25th Big Snowfall

Implication of February 13the Big Snowfall

Bookends of Extremity
FEB 2 REVIEW

2015 & 2017 Driest & Wettest Seasons in Modern History

 

NEXT

The
"Spring-O-Meter"

2019
Status of Spring

2017
Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood? Find out .. .
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, February 23, 2017.

(Not early at all!)

Define Phenology
Why the National Phenology Network?

More
National Phenology Network

See
2019 Superbloom, the 9th, above.

 

On the High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar

 

Top of Trail News

Top of Page

 

 

 

LAST MONTHS'
TRAIL, WEATHER, & TERRAIN
High Sierra
NEWS
 

 

 

 

LAST MONTHS'
GENERAL
High Sierra
NEWS

 

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS ABOVE

General News Forum

 

Top of Page

 

 

HIGH SIERRA
GENERAL STATUS
&
ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS


MARCH
2019

 

NEWS
of
MAN,
NATURE,
&
THEIR VARIOUS
INTERFACES

 

 Updated

 

 March 20

WATER is for STEALING & FIGHTING

Decline of the Colorado River Water System Slows

For now, a Lake Mead “shortage” is off the table,
JFleck Inkstain, March 16, 2019.

“The booming Rocky Mountain snowpack has eliminated the risk of a formal Lake Mead “shortage” declaration in 2020, and has substantially reduced the risk in 2021...”

Background

January 2019
On the Water-Starved Colorado River, Drought Is the New Normal

June 2018
ARIDIFICATION OF THE SW: Colorado River, Lakes Mead & Powell to Be Below 50%

Search the Site 
Colorado River

All Water, Oceans, & Ice News

 

 

WATER is for STEALING & FIGHTING

Sad Saga of Oroville Highlights the Greed & Corruption Driving California’s Irresponsible Growth

Straight to Article

Judge says lawsuit’s claims of racism, corruption at Oroville Dam can go Forward,
Sac Bee, March 14, 2019.

Background
The Bottom Line

Oroville Dam History: Same Curse of Corruption Then as Now

Fixing a Corrupted System Lessons From Oroville Dam: New Report Calls For Changes

California Water Policy on Trial: Oroville Dam Final Report, Safety a Joke from Constuction to Disaster

 

Search the Site
Oroville a Cement Sculpture Representing our Political Corruption

All Water, Oceans, & Ice News

 

 

 

March 19

 

LIVES of BIRDS

Blackpoll Warbler

"...an annual migration of up to 20,000 kilometres..."

Direct to Article

Tiny song bird makes record migration, U of G study proves,
University of Guelph, March 19, 2019.

All Bird News

 

 

HIGH SIERRA GEOLOGY

Complex Geology of Tahoe Basin, Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay Surveys Reveal Tahoe Basin Geology

 

 

MONARCH RESEARCH

Understanding the Complexity of Monarch Environmental Engagement

When it comes to Monarchs, Fall Migration Matters

 

 

 

March 18

 

BIOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS of EXTREME WEATHER SWINGS

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Wildflower Super Bloom Returns to California

 

 

THE MANY FACES of PLANETARY DEATH

Massive Extinction Event Underway, Let’s Review the Fundamentals

Every Aspect of Nature in Decline, on the Run, 12 Signs of the Evolutionary Apocalypse

 

 

 

March 17

 

TWO FACES of FOREST DEATH

Same Heat Causing Fires Preventing Forest Regeneration

Climate Change Limits Forest Recovery after Wildfires

 

 

 

March 11

 

OCEANS, ICE, FISH & WATER

Inevitable Southern Ocean Acidification Tipping Point Approaches

Fatal horizon, driven by acidification, closes in on marine organisms in Southern Ocean

 

 

 

March 8

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Global Distribution of Microbe Resistance Revealed in Sewage

Sewage Reveals Levels of Antimicrobial Resistance Worldwide

 

 

 

March 7

 

ASTROPHYSICS: OUR GALAXY

Gaia Gives Our Galaxy a, “Physical;” Height, Weight, Girth (?) Determined

Hubble & Gaia Accurately Weigh the Milky Way

 

 

 

March 6

 

BIRD NEWS & RESEARCH

Amazing Airborne Life

Swifts Born to Eat and Sleep in the Air

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Waste Treatment Plants: Antibiotic Resistance Factories

The Post-Antibiotic World is Much Closer than You Think

 

 

BIRDS

Flying into the Unknown

Climate Change Bringing Unpredictable Ecosystem Disruption for Migratory Birds

 

 

 

March 5

 

HEALTH & FITNESS RESEARCH

Don’t Over-train

Training Beyond Exhaustion can Prevent Learning

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

Can We Find Dark Matter in the Light?

Shooting Some Light Up into that Darkness

Physicists Look to Rotational Dynamics of Photon Mass to Replace Dark Matter

 

 

ANTHROPOCENE

Growing Land Use Apocalypse Approaches

Humans Expanding Extinction Risk for 1,700 Species by 2070

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Widespread Endocrine Disruptors Damaging Boys & Their Dog’s Sperm

Home Chemical Pollutants Degrade Fertility of Man & His Dog

 

 

 

March 1

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Endocrine Disruptors Everywhere

A Troubling Discovery in the Deepest Ocean Trenches

 

 

 

LAST MONTHS' GENERAL NEWS

 

Top of General News

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More
Nature News

 

Climate Destruction News

 

Trees

Bee News

Bear News

Spider Forum

Bird News

Small Mammals

Frogs and Reptiles

Butterfly News

 

Health and Fitness

Mountain Safety

Mosquito News

Female Trail

High Sierra History

 

Astro-Phys, Space, & Science News

High Sierra Geology News

Fish, Oceans, & Water News

Anthropocene

 

All High Sierra News

 

 

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March, 2019, all, High, Sierra, nature, climate, weather, mountain safety, news, index, PCT, JMT, pre, seasonal, review of potential conditions

 

Originally Published
2019-03-01 12:05:01

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