May 2018 All High Sierra News Index


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 22 May 2018

Updated
May 31, 2018

 

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 Man and Nature

 


May 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
May
31, 2018

 

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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

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

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

 

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS BELOW

Trail News Forum

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NEXT MONTH'S TRAIL NEWS

LAST MONTHS' TRAIL NEWS 

 

May, 2018
WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
INFORMATION

IMPORTANT

Winter Storm Warnings

Tracking This Spring's Weather Trends

The Weather Page

On the Calendar

 

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WEATHER, TERRAIN,  & TRAILS
NEWS

May 31

HEALTH & FITNESS

Watch Out for the Green Water

Salem drinking water contaminated, children advised to avoid tap water

 

 

 

May 30

 

NOSE RACE UPDATE

NEW NOSE RECORD REESTABLISHED

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell

 

 

 

May 24

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables

 

 

 

May 22

 

HIGHWAY 395 BLOCKED at TOPAZ LAKE

Spring Magic

Direct to Article
Mudslide blocks US 395 near Nevada-California state line (UPDATE),
Truckee Sun, May 22, 2018.

Highway Conditions

 

 

REDS ROAD DAMAGED

Will Damage Affect PCT-JMT Resupply?
Likely Not

Direct to Article
Reds Meadow Road has considerable damage,
Sierra Wave, May 18, 2018.

 

Reds Meadow Website

Reds Meadow Resupply, Trail Guide (not finished)

Mammoth Lakes Backpacker Resources

 

 

FREE YARTS to & from YOSEMITE on MEMORIAL WEEKEND

Free Yarts

Direct to YARTS:
FREE YARTS TO YOSEMITE on MEMORIAL WEEKEND

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Mountain Lion Attack

Just a Bit West of PCT at Snoqualmie

 

 

SNOW & TRAIL CONDITIONS

Mammoth to Stay Open to Mid-June

What does this Mean for Trail Opening?

 

 

 

May 21

HEALTH & SAFETY

Tick Tragedy

 

 

 

May 18

 

HEALTH, FITNESS & SKEETERS

Global Mosquito Movement

Asian tiger mosquito on the move

 

 

 

May 17

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

SPRING of 2018 High Sierra Alert Status

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Two Reports in Mountain Safety Section

Two Fatalities in Sequioa, Body of Lost Skier Found in Tahoe

 "Hikers and climbers are cautioned that winter conditions still exist at higher elevations, and extreme caution is necessary."

 

 

Tioga Pass to Open May 21

Yosemite National Park Announces that Tioga Road Will Open for the Season,
Yosemite National Park Monday, May 21, 2018.

"Yosemite National Park Announces that Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00 am. "

"...no anticipated opening date for the Tuolumne Meadows store..."

 

Tioga Opening & Closing Dates

 

2004-2007
High Sierra Mountain Passes

 

Transportation to and around Yosemite

 

All Caltrans High Sierra Resources

 

 

 

May 13

 

2018 FIRE THREAT PROFOUND
Three Fire Stories

FIRE AWARENESS CRITICAL FOR BACKPACKERS

Small Early-Season Fire in Foothills stokes Fears

Jerry & Dems Caused the Wildfire-Climate Problem

CA State & Local Officals Declare Profound 2018 Fire Dangers

 

 

 

May 8

ROAD & TRAIL CONDITIONS

Sequioa & Kings Canyon

Road to Cedar Grove out to Roads End OPEN April 27, 12 Noon.

"Winter" conditions above 8500 feet.

South Kings bridge still out on Rae Lakes Loop.

 

 

 

May 7

 

HIGH SIERRA CONDITIONS
Spring of 2018

Status of the East Flank of the South Sierra

STATE OF THE INYO

 

  

TRANS-SIERRA HIGHWAYS

Highway 4 Open, May 4, 12:00 Noon

Highway 108
Open, May 3, 12:00 Noon

Highway 120 is closed from Crane Flat on the West Flank to the East entrance of Yosemite National Park on the East Flank.

High Sierra Calendar Snow and Road Reports

 

All Trans-Sierra Road Information

 

 

 

May 5

 

HEALTH, SKIES, and HEAT

Skeeter Behavior

Hot Dry Thirsty Skeeters

 

 

 NEXT MONTH'S TRAIL NEWS

  

 

LAST MONTHS'
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High Sierra
NEWS
 

 

 

 

LAST MONTHS'
GENERAL
High Sierra
NEWS

 

 

NEXT MONTH'S GENERAL NEWS

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS ABOVE

General News Forum

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HIGH SIERRA
GENERAL NEWS
NEWS
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MAN, SCIENCE,
NATURE

 May 31

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS: TREE MORTALITY

High Sierra Carnage

Forest Campgrounds Dramatically Altered

 

 

 

WATER, IRRESPONSIBLE GROWTH, & ECO-CRASH

Our Future's In the Toilet: The Survey

Everything's Fine, Move Along with Endless Growth...

 

 

 

May 30

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Growth Drives Growing Heat Killing Clouds & Further Compounding Heating

Clouds Disappear, Heatwave & Fire Risks Grow with our Wildly Irresponsible Growth

 

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & CORRUPTION

Forty Years of Stonewalling and Political Bribes...

Styrene is Probably Carcinogenic

 

 

 

May 29

 

ASTROPHYSICS NEWS

Unsuccessful Search for Dark Matter

Looking Closely and Closer, Still Not Finding WIMPS

 

 

THE BUZZ

How Bees Be: Two Research Articles

1> Bees Change their Diet with the Changing Seasons Seasons

2> How to Fool a Bee: Iridescent Colors are Bee Camo

 

 

 

May 28

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS: WATER

Identifying The Physical Problem

“...how easily we could crash Lake Mead!”

 

 

 

May 24

 

PLANETARY ECOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK

Equatorial Activity and Milankovitch Running the Ice Ages?

A Complex Tapestry of Life and Energy Interacting?

 

 

 

May 23

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, MIND, & BODY

Metaphysical Mind Body Linkage Runs Deep

Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health

 

 

HEALTH-FITNESS-CLIMATE

Global Warming Squeezing Rice

Health of Billions balanced on Global Warming

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Already Hot Lands Getting Much Hotter

FLORIDES TO FRY

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Four Degrees Rise by 2084

Corporate Growth Machine of Death Blows Paris out of the Water

 

 

 

 May 22

 

LIVES OF BIRDS

Squirrels Too...

Interconnected Forest Information Networks

 

 

Protect Youself and Nature Politically

Markets, Internet, Politics, Results all Rigged

"Environmentalism," Net Neutrality, & Our Nation's Spirit

 

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & KIDS

A Long, Steady, Decline

All Boy's Fitness in Decline

 

 

WATER SUPPLY NEWS

"Environmental" Politics?

Two Ca Water Bonds: "Fixing" Nature or Expanding the Problems?

 

 

MULE DAYS in BISHOP

Direct to Article:
Highway 395 Chair Rules,
Sierra Wave, May 21, 2018.

More
Mule Days in Bishop

 

 

 

May 21

HEALTH & SAFETY

Tick Tragedy

Unidentified Lyme Disease Kills

 

 

 

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 May 18

 

UPDATE

TWIN TUNNELS STORY
Earlier
Corporate Corruption at All Levels, Both Parties: Repub Seeks Lawsuit Ban

UPDATE
Garamendi Speaks about Democrat Twin Tunnels (Devils Straws) Indemnified by Republican Conservative

 

 

OCEANS, WATER, & FISH

Fish Moving North Too...

Warming Oceans Push Fish To Cooler Waters

 

 

CHANGING CLIMATE

Changing Odds of Crop Success

Tough winter weather devastates local cherry, blueberry crops

 

 

REVEALING & TRAINING of SCHORODINGER'S CATS

Boundary Between Quantum and Classic Reality

Creating a quantum drum that vibrates and stands still at the same time

 

 

 

May 16

 

WATER NEWS

NASA Probes Gravity of Earth's Surface Waters

Sees Wet Areas Wetter, Dry Areas Drier

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

A Bland Restatement of Important Facts

Climate Change Is Making Droughts Worse In The Western US

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

More Planet Nine Evidence

A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

 

 

 

May 15

 

TREE-FOREST-PLANT WORLD NEWS

Weird Science

Forest loss in one part of US can harm trees on the opposite coast

 

 

WATER NEWS

Corporate Corruption at All Levels, Both Parties

Democrat Twin Tunnels (Devils Straws) Indemnified by Republican Conservative

 

 

 

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May 14

 

SELF-PERCEPTION and POLITICAL POLICY

THE ROOT OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM
&
The Big Distraction

Corruption Sloshes Back and Forth while Greed Overwhelms Nature

 

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Update to Article
ORIGINAL
Cal to Ride the Tiger, Extreme Weather to Lash California
,
April 22.

NEW WAPO ARTICLE ON TOPIC:

Precipitation whiplash and climate change threaten California’s freshwater,
WaPo, May 9, 2018.

 

 

AT THE CENTER OF OUR GALAXY

I am Blackholio

A Supermassive Black Hole with a Swirling Swarm of Hundreds of Smaller Holes?

 

 

 

May 13

 

ECO CRASH NEWS

Autopsy of a Modern Monster Storm

Harvey Hits Houston

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

How Cells Share Complex Resources

WOW, Nature is Amazing, "tunneling nanotubes!"...

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Mental and Physical Acuity

Mind, Body, Breathing as an Integral Aspect of Field Fitness

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS NEWS
REALITY DOES NOT CARE
Two Articles
Einstein Wins One-Loses One

Einstein Scores Big on Relativity & Gravity, but loses Big on locality with Quantum Entanglement and the "extra dimensional" nature of quantum mechanics.

 

Einstein Winning

After LIGO Einstein's View of Gravity Remains Universally Relative

 

 

Einstein Losing

Spooky Action at a Distance Proven

Achieving Randomness Breaks Local Realism in Quantum Mechanics

 

 

 

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May 9

 

ECOLOGICAL CRASH NEWS

2018 California Environmental Proctection Agency Report

The Destruction of California

 

 

 

May 8

 

Forest Wisdom

Carbon Storage, Habitat, & Forest Stability

It's Rooted in the Big Trees

 

 

Excellent Observation, Analysis, and Advice for Training Kids

Don't Train Your Kids to be FATASSES

Health & Fitness News: Children are as fit as endurance athletes

 

 

SMALL MAMMALS IN HIGH PLACES

Hope for the Pikas?

American pikas tolerate climate change better than expected

 

 

Megacity Filth

LA

USA MEGACITY CANCER & DISEASE TEST SUBJECTS: You? Your Kids? Both!

 

 

 

NATURALLY CHANGING CLIMATE CYCLES

Longest Orbital Cycles Proven and Measured

Super-Milankowitch Cycles a Half-Billion Years Long

 

 

 

WATER NEWS

Lake Tahoe Destruction Plan

End of Lake Tahoe as We Know IT

 

 

GEOLOGY NEWS

Kilauea Eruption Update

NASA (& USGS) Kilauea Eruption Update

 

 

 

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May 7

 

TRANS-SIERRA HIGHWAYS

Highway 4 Open, May 4, 12:00 Noon

Highway 108
Open, May 3, 12:00 Noon

Highway 120 is closed from Crane Flat on the West Flank to the East entrance of Yosemite National Park on the East Flank.

High Sierra Calendar Snow and Road Reports

 

All Trans-Sierra Road Information

 

 

 

May 5

 

KNITTING THE FABRICS OF REALITY

One Dimension Conductors

Growing Crystal "Wires" one Atom Thick

 

 

 

 May 3

HEALTH & FITNESS

Beneficial Health Practices

Saunas reduce risk of Stroke & Death

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Industrailized Mercury Oceans

Mercury rising: Are the fish we eat toxic?

 

 

AMAZING LIFE

Observing Torture is Torture

Even for the Little Lab Rats

 

 

PROGRESSIVE ANTHROPOCENE

The Natural World in Collapse


World's rarest ape on the edge of extinction

 

 

 

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MAY 2

CRASHING CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES

World's Lakes Changing

Global Lake Evaporation Changing, Accelerating

 

 

THE SOUTH POLE-ANTARCTIC

Midwinter Antarctic Lakes Surprise Everyone

Freak Warm Winds Melt Snow During Antarctic Winter

 

 

PERSIAN GULF WARMING

Global Oceans Dying

The Persian Gulf Boils When Lakes form in Antarctic Winter

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

The Nature of Reality

The Time Crystal

Ancient Face of Mars

Hawking's Last Paper Reduces, Simplifies Multiverse

 

 

 

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NEXT MONTH'S GENERAL NEWS

LAST MONTHS' GENERAL NEWS

 

 

News Categories

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

 

 

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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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