October 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 October 2018

 

Updated
October 17, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
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LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 


October, 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
October 17,
2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
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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

 

APRIL 1 BACKPACKER ALERT.

 

 

Day Length

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

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

Trail News Forum

 

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LAST MONTHS' TRAIL NEWS 

 

September, 2018
WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

IMPORTANT

Storm Warnings

The Weather Page

On the Calendar

 

Top of Page

 

 Updated 

 October 16

STATUS
Status of the Season

 

 

 October 14

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY

NOTE

SEASONAL SAFETY

Temp Drop in 2018

October 9....

Temp Drop in 2017: Sept 15

2016: Oct 31

2015: Oct 14

2014: Oct 2

WHAT?
"Temp Drop" day is point Fall gear elements must be included in pack, after which point significant chances of Fall-Winter weather "incidents" exist which must be accounted for with the proper levels of gear, skills, & fitness.

 

SAFETY NEWS
Updated 

 Standing Hazards, Diminishing during Late September, 2018

HEAT-FIRE-SMOKE

GREEN WATER

 

 

 

THE FALL GEAR

 

MEMBER FAVS

 

 

 

 

October10

 

HURRICANE MICHAEL

National Hurricane Center

Michael

Two Best Sat Views

GOES-East CONUS View - GeoColor

SSEC Geostationary Sat Imagery

 

 

 

October 3

 

YOSEMITE HAZARD ALERT

Flash Flood Warning, Esp in Ferguson Fire Areas

Highway 140 Closing 1 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm today, October 3, 2018,
Yosemite Current Conditions.

 

 

 

October 2

 

CLIMATE & WATER

Another Climate Changing Warmer & Drier Year

Below Average Precipitation for Water Year 2018

 

 

TROPICAL DOWNPOURS!

Northwestern-Northern California

Oct 2 early AM

First Rain Since May for Most of California

Not much precip, but what did come down fell hard & fell fast!

Past Rainfall

Rain Forecasts & Models

High Sierra Weather Page

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

LAST MONTHS'
GENERAL
High Sierra
NEWS

 

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS ABOVE

General News Forum

 

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HIGH SIERRA
GENERAL STATUS
&
ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS


NEWS
of
MAN,
NATURE,
&
THEIR VARIOUS
INTERFACES

 

 October 17

ASTROPHYSICS

Double Slit Ends the Pilot Wave Theory

Famous Experiment Dooms Alternative to Quantum Weirdness

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

Oumuamua: “The Monolith”

Neither Comet nor Asteroid?

 

 

 

October 16

 

ANTHROPOCENE

Mammalian Collapse Continues

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis 

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

BEER-O-POCOLYPSE?

Barley Biting the Global Warming Dust 

 

 

 

 October 9

 

CLIMATE CHANGING OUR AMAZING PLANET

The 2018 UN, “DUH,” Report

'Incredibly grim' UN Global Warming Report Calls for Global Action

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGING OUR AMAZING PLANET

The End of Cold

McMurdo Dry Valleys Unique Environment Threatened

 

 

CLIMATE CRASHING NEWS

EXTREME WEATHER, The Fun is Just Getting Started

Rutgers Predicts More Extreme Wet & Dry Weather as Warming Progresses

 

 

SPACE!

Hubble in Trouble

Hubble in Safe Mode as Bad Gyros Studied

 

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: ARCTIC

6th Lowest Summer Minimum

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2018 Minimum

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS: THE OCEANS

Surf’s Up, and Rising to Record Levels...

Global sea level to 50 feet by 2300?

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

One Politician Finally Admits 7 Degrees by 2100

Trump Calls 7-degree Rise by 2100

 

 

 

October 2

 

HEATED CACTUS THREATENS HUMMERS

Desert Migrations Threatened by Shifted Blooming Time

Ocotillos Early Blooming leaving Hummingbirds without Food

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS, SCIENCE, & SPACE

Man Banned from Space by Radiation?

Deep Space Radiation Damages Stomach & Digestion

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGING PLANTS

Taller, Now Our Hot Climate’s Thickening their Leaves?

High CO2 Thickens Plant Leaves, Triggering Runaway Greenhouse Effect?

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS PHUN

Two Killer New Black Hole Science Videos

Binary Black Hole's Last Dance by Gas Lighting

 

 

 

October 1

 

ASTROPHYSICS, SPACE, SCIENCE, & SUCH

Where’d the Martian Methane Come From? Is it Alive?

Interpreting NEW FINDINGS of Methane on Mars

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGING PLANTS

Arctic Plants are Getting Rapidly Taller

Taller species are taking over in a warming Arctic

 

 

GEO NEWS

How the Great Plains Were Created

The origins of the High Plains landscape

 

 

 

LAST MONTHS' GENERAL NEWS

 

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News Categories

High Sierra Calendar

 

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 & Water News

Anthropocene

 

 

Next News Page

The Future Cometh

 

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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High Sierra News & Science for October of 2018

 

Originally Published
2018-10-01 13:02:59

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