April 2018 All High Sierra News Index


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 01 May 2018

FINAL
Update

April 30, 2018

 

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 Man and Nature

 


April 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.

 

Last Updated
April
30, 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

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

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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April, 2018
WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
INFORMATION

IMPORTANT

Winter Storm Warnings

Tracking This Winter's Weather Trends

The Weather Page

On the Calendar

 

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Last Updated
April 29

 

Straight to News Release:
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Saturday, April 28, 2018,
Yosemite National Park, April 24, 2018.

 

 

 

April 23

 

FINAL NATIONAL PARK FEE INCREASES

Modest Increases

The Overall Fee Structure Adopted, Effects on Yosemite & SEKI

 

 

STATUS OF THE SOUTHEAST SIERRA

The Southeast Sierra in Spring of 2018

State of the Inyo National Forest

 

 

 

April 19

 

TUOLUMNE MEADOWS CONDITIONS

Tuolumne Meadows Winter Rangers

Bears Active, Fords Dangerous

Update for April 18, 2018 (last update for the season)

 

 

RADICAL TROPICAL WEATHER

Near Record Downpours in Kaui

Kalalau Trail Closed

 

 

 

April 16

 

WEATHER NEWS

Tropical Times, Radically Changing Mountain Weather

No Snow But Over Two Inches Of Rain In Tuolumne Meadows

 

 

 

April 13

 

WEATHER NEWS

Recent Record Rainfall

April 7-8 Tropical Transport Mechanisms

 

 

 

 April 3

 

Northeast Sierra Snowpack

Mount Rose & Carson Valley Looking Good

Direct to Article
Sierra Nevada snowpack improves to 93 percent of average in March 2018
,
Truckee Sun, April 3, 2018.



Sierra Nevada Calendar
April 3 Reports High Sierra less than 50%

 

 

Forest Dilemma Looms

Ancient, Traditional California Forests on Last Legs

Unrecognized Forest Succession well Under Way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Sierra
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GENERAL
High Sierra
NEWS

 

 

 

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GENERAL NEWS
NEWS
of
MAN, SCIENCE,
NATURE

Last Updated
April 30

The REAL Costs of "GLOBALISM"

The Corporate Engine of Planatary Death

Globacide

Science Measures the Costs of Killing the American Middle Class & Our Whole Planet at the Same Time

 

 

LOCAL EFFECTS

Climate Change "Globalized" EcoSystem Burn-Out Growing

Sophistication of Life Collapsing Everywhere: The Klamath

 

 

BAD HEALTH NEWS

HOW TO KILL YOUR OWN PEOPLE FOR PROFITS

Neonicotinoids may alter estrogen production in humans

 

 

REAL BAD HEALTH NEWS

ROUNDUP FOUND IN EVERYTHING

Weedkiller found in granola and crackers

 

 

GOOD HEALTH NEWS

NATURAL MYSTERIES INSIDE GARLIC

It's the Sulfur Compounds

 

 

BASIC HEALTH

Five Practices to a Long Life

 

 

GEO NEWS

Magnetic Chaos Unlikely, Poles Not Switching

Survey & Analysis Points to Recovery

 

 

THE BIGGEST PICTURE

Another Celestial Surprise

Mega-Merger Unexpected 1.4 Billion Years After Big Bang

 

 

BIRDS IN HOT WATER

Increasing Warm Water Episodes in Gulf of California

Threatens Heermans Gulls

 

 

WATER SUPPLY POLICY

Cutting off Medusa's Snake-Heads?

Oroville Dam Not to be "Regulated" by its DWR "Owner?"

 

 

 

April 24

 

PGE TRYING TO DODGE FIRE LIABILITY BULLET

It's Time to Take Back PGE & ATT & the Internet...

Public Parasites or Public Utilities? Parasites.

 

 

ASTROPHYSICAL UNIVERSE

Secret Internal Lives of Galaxies

Hidden Families of Supermassive Black Holes in Galaxies?

 

Secret Lives of Galactic Clusters Revealed

 

 

WATCH THE ARCTIC DISINTEGRATE

How to Use MODIS

Video of Fifteen Years of Change in the Arctic

 

 

NORTH ATLANTIC CHAOS

Gulf Stream Freaking Out in the Ancient Past

The Past Points to a Grim Future Supercharged by Global Warming

 

 

INLAND CORRUPTION CRISIS

Irresponsible Growth & Corruption Sucking Delta Dry

The Unraveling of the Delta

 

 

A SHADOW OF RECENT NUMBERS

Red Winged Blackbirds Collapsed under Massive California Growth

More Dead Birds than Living

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Super Chocalicious

Chocolate, Cacao, and Flavonoids Fire up Human Metabolic "Pathways"

 

 

 

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April 23

 

CLIMATE CRASH NEWS
MOTHER NATURE UNLEASHED

Cal to Ride the Tiger

Weather Extremes to Lash California

 

 

Timing of Life Changing with Changing Seasons

Birds Paying the Price

 

 

Massive Droughts are Here, More & Bigger on the Way

European Update

 

 

MEGACITIES: CREATING HELL

Urban Forestry

Losing "City Forests"

 

 

BUG WORLD

Complexity in the Ant World

How Complex Relationships Create "Friend-enemies" in the Ant World

 

 

HUMAN CONDITION UPDATE

Walk My Way

Ancient Footprints lead to Early Monkey Bipedalism

 

 

 

April 21

 

THE SOUTHWESTERN WATER WARS BEGIN

TIME TO BURY ARIZONA IN THE SAND

Central Arizona Project Greed Threatens Whole Colorado System

 

 

 

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April 19

 

OCEAN NEWS

2 Pieces of Great Barrier Reef Research

Ocean Life: Hope for Great Barrier Reef?

Remnants to Survive a Hundred Years?

 

 

2016 Massive Northern Great Barrier Reef Die-Off

Sad Status of The Great Barrier Reef

 

 

FISH NEWS

Lahontan Cutthroats Isolation and Recovery

How the Lahontan Cutthroats Survived

 

 

CHANGE the BEES CAN BELIEVE IN...

Beebread LOCAL Diversity Critical

Imported INVASIVE Diversity Detrimental to Bee's Health

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS NEWS

Fantastic Black Holes Supercomputer Simulation Video

Globular Clusters: Stellar Nurseries of Black Holes?

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Heart Health

Antioxidant takes Decades off Old Folk's Hearts

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Plasmid Sharing Party

Spreading Bacteria Resistance Defeating Antibiotics

 

 

 

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April 16

 

UPDATED ASTROPHYSICS

SURPRISE ANCIENT COLD ABSORBTION TRIGGERS CLOSER LOOKS

Whisper From the First Stars Sets Off Loud Dark Matter Debate

 

 

OCEAN NEWS

Sea Levels Rising Rapidly on East Coast

Coastal Environment Changing Everywhere, & Asseteague National Seashore

 

 

 

April 13

 

FOREST NEWS

Wildfires Change Rivers

Massive Wildfires are Growing because of Mega-Climate Changes

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS
Timing and Character of Seasons have Changed

Are Still Changing as Nature-Ecosystems-Watersheds Crash

 

 

MEGACITY BAD HEALTH NEWS

Megacity Filth

Megacity Pollution Gives Babies Alzheimer's

 

 

 

April 12

 

WATER NEWS

Asset-Stripping California

Status of Twin Tunnels Post MWD Funding Vote

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

More Good Superbug News

Agricultural & Human Antibiotic Waste Treatment Does Not Work

 

 

AMAZING NATURE

High Speed Hummingbird Mating

Manipulating the Doppler Effect for Sex

 

 

 

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April 11

 

CALIFORNIA UNDER ATTACK

DEVILS STRAWS FUNDED

Forces of Organized Greed in Control of Twin Tunnels

Public Ripoff for Private Profits & Vast Destruction of Nature

 

 

ARIZONA DRYING OUT

Regional Drought Deepening

Arizona & Whole Southwest in Big Trouble

 

 

NORTH ALANTIC CHAOS

Gulf Stream Freaking Out

Colder Here, Warmer there, Short Term Instabilities Abound

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

If We Knew what Industrial Food and Chemicals are Doing to Us

Fruits & Veggies Full of Pesticide Residues

 

 

April 10

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

The End of Cold

Arctic Mountain Glaciers Melting Rapidly

 

 

Hotbed of Diversity-Fertility Badly Damaged, Disappearing

Indonesian Archipelago Seagrasses in Rapid Decline

 

 

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April 10
"Catch-up"

Been ill for a week, here's some of the news we missed...

April 4 to April 6

WE CHANGED THE WEATHER

Trend of "Aridification" of Southwest Continues

Diminishing Annual Snowpack

 

 

CHANGED WEATHER CHANGES EVERYTHING

Timing Changes of Seasons Ripping the Timing of Life Apart

Deep Relationships Composing the "Engines of Life" are Disassembling Themselves

 

 

High Arctic Lake Ecosystem

Small Temp Rise Brings Vast Regional Changes

 

 

COASTAL MARTENS

Local West Coast Forest Ecosystems

Coastal Martens Fighting for their Lives

 

 

AMAZING LIFE

Life's Visible Compass: Secrets of Bird Navigation

Determining how Electro-Magnetic Vision Works

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Superbug Patrol

Watching the Bacteria Carefully...

 

 

 

April 3

 

WATER NEWS

Do We Have Ground and Surface Water Crisis in California?

I Can't Tell from this Article...

 

 

HEAT & BUTTERFLIES

Monarch Survival Strategies

Dependent on Climate-Controlled Chemical Connection

 

 

ICE NEWS

The End of Cold
Antarctic Ice Retreat

Looking Under Nature's Cold Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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