November 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 29 November 2018

 

Updated
November 29, 2018

 

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 Man and Nature

 
November, 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.

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
November 29,
2018

 

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Observation Tools

 

 

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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

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.

 

 

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

 

Oct 3

Highway 140 Closing 1 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm today

 

 

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November, 2018
WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

IMPORTANT

Storm Warnings

The Weather Page

On the Calendar

 

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 Updated

  November 29

WINTER STORM

Snowpack Reading Today

Snowpack Reading Last Week

 

All High Sierra Snowpack Data

 

 

 

 November 27

 WINTER WEATHER WARNING

 High Sierra
WINTER STORM
WATCH to WARNING

 

Forecast Calendar
Watch from Wednesday Night through Thursday Night

 

SNOW INFORMATION

Snow Pack at a Glance

NOAA-NOHRSC

The High Sierra on 11-27-18

 

All Snow Pack Resources

All High Sierra Reporting Stations

 

All Snow-Precipitation Forecast Resources

 

 

 

November 26

 

WINTER CONDITIONS BEGIN
The ending of the Fire Season and the beginning of the Winter Backpacking Seasons of 2018 happened at the same time, during the storm that came through during the 21st through 23rd, which should be considered the second storm of this longest of fire seasons, if we're counting the series of isolated downpours we experienced in early October as this season's first.

 

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, CLIMATE, & TICK NEWS

Two Research Articles

CDC Reports Substantial Annual Tickborne Disease Increase

Metabolic Adaptations of Tick Hunting Strategies Revealed

 

 

 

November 25

 

Camp Fire Contained, Final Fire Report

 

 

 

November 24

 

CLEARING

UP TO A FOOT OF SIERRA SNOW
Six inces to a foot fell on the Sierra Crest from the storm activity between the 21st and 23rd.

 

Snow Sensor Readings for 11-22. Clicking stations will give today's reports.

 

 

END of FIRE SEASON?

Soon, Grasshopper

It will be, as soon as the final, pesky last 5% of the Camp Fire is extinguished, & their gear washed, likely by the next rains on the way, and finally packed-up for the shorter length of our new, modern, "Winter."

 

 

 

November 21

 

FREAK WEATHER -- WEIRD TIMES

RELIEF:
First Storm/Precip Since Oct 2, and May before Then...

DIRE FIRES BURING THROUGH LATE FALL,
Burning Until Today, When The COLD JAWS OF WINTER WEATHER Finally Closed Down this Longest Fire Season

Calendar

Fire Reports

“Normal Vs. Now”

 

HIGH SIERRA ROAD REPORTS

Tioga Pass Closed, Caltrans

Sonora Pass Open, Caltrans,
as of 11:38 am PST (closed later in the day)

Ebbetts Pass Closed, Caltrans

All Road Reports

 

 

 

November 20

 

FIRE, SMOKE, FALL, & WINTER WEATHER

Big Changes are Instantly Upon Us

Fire & Smoke Hazards Instantly Transitioning to Winter Weather & Flood-Avalanche Dangers

 

 

 

November 19

 

WEATHER

Storms Coming

Anticipate Mountain Pass/Road Closures with Impending Storms:
Road Information

 

 

 

November 18

 

NIGHT SKIES

Direct to Articles

Leonid Meteor Shower Tonight,
In the Sky, November 18, 2018.

 

Leonids peak mornings are November 17 and 18,
Earth-Sky, November 16, 2018.

 

 

November 17

 

WINTER MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Tahoe Winter Mountain Safety Event

Beacons and Beers offers backcountry advice ahead of ski season

 

 

INYO ROAD & TRAILS at the DOORSTEP OF WINTER

Mountain Road Closures

Mountain Highway Pass/Closure Update, focus on the Inyo National Forest

 

 

 

November 15

 

Camp Fire Incenerating NW Foothills, Woolsey Fire, Malibu, Today's Fire Reports

 

Smoke Fills the San Joaquin Valley, Running up NW flank of the Sierra
GOES E GeoColor True Color daytime, multispectral IR at night

ALL SMOKE RESOURCES

MODIS
November 15, 2018

 

November 13

 

WEATHER NOTE

A Tropical Brew Bubbling? Or Not?

Will it Be Wet, or Will it Continue to be Bone Dry?

 

 

 

WEATHER-FIRE CRISIS

Weather Page Precipitation Forecasts

Rain Predicted for Next Tuesday, Nov 20th.

 

 

 

November 9

 

MAJOR CALIFORNIA FIRES

Unprecented Run of Mega-Fires, Started Yesterday, Continues

Camp & Woolsey Fires

 

 

 

November 8

 

ADVENTURE-HUMAN ENDURANCE

Two Explorers Set Out to Cross Antarctica

Brit Solider & American “Motivatior”

 

 

WIND, FIRE, SMOKE, & COLD HAZARDS

During New Normal Summer Conditions 'till the Doorstep of Winter...

Second Week of November, 2018, The High Sierra Calendar

Fine days, with intense winds today, with night temperatures cooling to potentially Wintertime levels of cold.

This Year's Cooling
2018

Winter Gear Elements Required: October 31

Fall Gear Elements Required:      October 9

 

Last Year, 2017

 

ADVENTURE

Two Explorers Set Out to Cross Antarctica

Brit Solider & American “Motivatior”

 

 

 

November 4

END
of
Daylight Savings Time

Spring Forward, Fall Back...

 

 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

THE DST RULES
NIST

PDT
Information

Move clocks one hour back.

Why do we think we can manipulate Time & Nature, when the main thing we are changing, screwing-up, is ourselves?

Well, Nature too...

 

 

November 3

 

ASTROPHYSICS, ASTRONOMY, & THE SEASONS

Descent of the Summer Triangle
&
Rise of the Winter Circle

 

 

November 2, 2018

WEATHER NOTES

The beginning of November has brought us One Storm since May, being the mini-downpours that happened on the second day of October. We are currently experiencing yet another Drought Fall, Otherwise known as, the, "New Normal."

 See October 31 entry, "The Blob & the Resiliant Ridge"

 

 

 November 1, 2018

  

WINTER WARNING
Be ready for
Winter Temperatures
&
Conditions

Winter Gear Elements
Must be Included in your Kit for Safety

Clear Conditions can now bring Deep Cold!
Stormy Conditions will bring Snow!

On the Calendar

 

 

 

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HIGH SIERRA
GENERAL STATUS
&
ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS


NEWS
of
MAN,
NATURE,
&
THEIR VARIOUS
INTERFACES

 

 November 29 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Fourth National Climate Assessment,
U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, November 2018.

 

 

ECOCRASH NEWS

More Coordinated Global-Scale Heatwaves in Our Future

Global Regions Increasingly Suffering, and to Suffer Simultaneous Hot, Dry Conditions

 

 

ECOCRASHING NEWS

Climate Research, 2018: Extreme Heat Expanding with the End of Cold

Extreme Heat Increasing in Both Summer and Winter

 

 

ANTHROPOCENE

Interdependence of Ecosystems Could be Our Ultimate House of Cards

Global Warming Increases the Risk of an Extinction Domino Effect

 

 

OCEANS, ICE, WATER, HEALTH, FITNESS, & PLASTICS

Oceans, 2018: Microplastics Everywhere, Even Southern Ocean

Microplastics Pollution in Falklands as High as UK

 

 

WATER

American Groundwater at Risk as Climate Changes

US groundwater in Climate & Fracking Peril: Potable Supply Less than Thought

 

 

 

November 28

ASTROPHYSICS

Take a Look at the Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy

Researchers Create Virtual Reality Simulation of a Supermassive Black Hole

 

 

FISH, WATER, OCEANS, ICE, & PEOPLE

Melting Southern Continent Delivers Global Climate & Ocean Surprises

Antarctic Melting Slows Atmospheric Warming and Speeds Sea Level Rise

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Massive Climate Study Finds Massive Climate Problems

Greenhouse Gasses Triggering More Changes Than We Can Handle

 

 

SNAKES, LIZARDS, & FROGS

Disease, Decimation, and Hope

High Sierra Yellow Legged Frogs Translocation Recovery Status & Science

 

 

 

November 26

 

WATER in the SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES
Rearranging the Deck Chairs in the Titanic Southwestern Drought-Aridification

Relentless Growth vs Diminishing Resources: Something’s Gonna Give

Why the next few weeks could make or break Arizona's water future

 

 

 

November 23

 

GIVING AWAY THE HOUSE

DANGER: Bribed Legislators work for PGE, Corporate Bribers, rather than Citizens

PG&E-BAILOUT Bill by State Lawmakers in wake of Lethal Camp Fire Inferno,

 

 

 

November 15

 

CELESTIAL, ASTRONOMICAL CLIMATOLOGY: SPACE WEATHER

Unrecognized Carrington Event blew Mines, Space Weather Effects Blows my Mind

Powerful solar storm likely detonated mines during Vietnam War

 

 

 

November 13

 

CLIMATE CHANGES DRAMATICALLY UNDERESTIMATED

Statistical Reanalysis Reveals-Explains Anomalous Weather Trends

Overlooked Precipitation Trends Reveal underestimated Global Risks

 

 

BUG WORLD: INSEXTUAL OVERHEATING PROBLEMS

Beetle Fertility Crashing in Heatwaves

Climate change damaging male fertility

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Slinging Steel Good for You

Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn't take much

 

 

WATER & DAMS: GROWING TO DESTRUCTION

What we’ve Already Done. Now We’re Screwed...

The Unintended Consequences of Dams and Reservoirs

 

 

 

November 9

 

MAJOR CALIFORNIA FIRES

Unprecented Run of Mega-Fires Continues

Camp & Woolsey Fires  

 

  

HEALTH, FITNESS, & CONTROLLING INSECT WORLD

Organophosphate Insecticides Unsafe at Any Level

Leading Researchers Call for a Ban on Widely Used Insecticides

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE, SKEETERS, & HEALTH & FITNESS

US Anopheles Skeeter Spreading New Mayaro Virus in US?

Anopheles mosquitoes could spread Mayaro virus in US, other diverse regions

 

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, and FATTENING HUMANS

Strapping on the Feed Bag as Ecosystems Crash

Tomorrow's Population: Larger, Heavier and Eating Evermore

 

 

THE BUZZ

Nicotine-Based Poisons affecting the Home Lives of Bees

Bees on the brink

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

What's the Nature and Rules of this Playground we're Playing In?

Let's Ask Ski ! Thoughts on the Composition of Spacetime

 

 

CLIMATE-CHANGING FISH

Fish Rapidly Shifting Ranges following Rapid Temp Changes

Eastern English Channel and Southern North Sea Fish Flip their Scripts

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGING BIRDS

Nest Predation to test Value of Arctic Migration?

Climate change flips the global pattern of shorebird nest predation

 

 

BUTTERFLIES: MONARCHS CRASHING RAPIDLY

Long Disaster tied to Human's Glyphosate & Climate Effects Disrupting Milkweed

Florida Monarch Butterflies dropped 80 percent since 2005

 

 

 

November 8

 

 HEALTH, FITNESS, GENETICS, & YOUR CODE

Another Use of “Public” Genetic Databases

We’ve Got Your Number...&...What’s Your Number?
Genes of 400 million people shows genetics has limited influence on longevity

 

 

AMAZING NATURE

Why are Some Insects Furry?

Moths Survive Bat Predation through Acoustic Camouflage Fur

 

 

 

November 6

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, OVER-DEVELOPMENT, & DRUGS

Our Behavior is Equal to, or Worse Than Pissing in our Own Drinking Water

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

Ancient Engines of Life & Death

Galaxy-Scale Black Hole Driven Fountain Seen in Full Glory

 

 

 

November 5

 

MASSIVE ICEBERGS UPDATE

The Long Journey of Mega-Berg B15T

Now in, "A Place Where Icebergs Go to Die"

 

 

CLIMATE, SKEETERS, & HEALTH

It’s Already Happening...

Could climate change trigger the return of eradicated mosquito-related disease?

 

 

SMASHING HEALTH, FITNESS, and FOOD MYTHS

Health Effects of Dairy, Salt, Sugar, and Now Protein Consumption Revised-Clarified

Researchers show that a high-protein diet does not affect kidney function

 

 

 

November 1

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & FAT-ASSEDNESS

Destructive Consumption Destroying Body & Mind of Mankind

2016 Costs of Obesity Exceeded $1.7 Trillion

 

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

77% of Wilderness GONE

A wilderness horror story

 

 

 

 

 

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