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  1. GLOV xeriscaping / plainscaping / zen garden troll squad rolls hard, rolls deep, rolls bee- & pollinator-friendly
  2. oh yeah thats basically the trailer for the ninth (secret) episode of Frozen Planet. the one where david attenborough narrates his travels to ultima thule, the hyperborean portal to the hollow earth, and then to the hidden nazi spaceport in antarctica's neuschwabenland the original documentary episode was suppressed at the direct orders of the british crown. to make sure sir david got the message, "they" made an example of richard attenborough. rumor is they made sir david watch as the queen's great-grandchildren ate his brother alive ... and rumor is it was just like john hammond's final scene in jurassic park -- the book, not the movie. word is it wasnt when they started eating richards entrails that his screams were the worst ... but when the royal young shed their human forms & unhinged their jaws to reveal their true reptilian selves .... can't get it streaming, amazon, liveleak, anywhere ... but i'll send you a DVD copy for $9.99 plus shipping.
  3. Chance of sleet in the P&C and we've been rained out all month because the ground has been too soggy to move machines without completely destroying the site.
  4. Its what we've all been waiting for -- the 2015 Austrian glacier monitoring report, fresh and hot in your copy of Bergauf! the magazine of the Austrian Alpine Club. The glaciers are melting. Of the 92 glaciers observed, 88 were in retreat, three stationary, and one recorded an advance. Figure 3: The average change in length and the quantity for advancing (black), stationary (grey), and retreating (background color) glaciers out of those observed, from 1960 to 2015. Welp. 2014-2015 was a pretty melty year for Austrian glaciers, racking up levels of retreat on par with the blowtorch summer of 2003. Indeed, temperatures in the ablation season were 2.6C above climo, whereas the notorious 2003 season was by comparison a mere 1.9C above longterm climo. 2015 recorded the largest departure for this station network for since observations began in 1901.Temperatures at alpine weather stations during the entire yearlong observation period were overall 2.3C warmer than climo average, with only one month recording a slight negative departure. Enduring high pressure and thin warm-season snowfall predominated. Photo comparison of the Pasterze from the 20th C and in 2012.
  5. Thanks, this was cool!OT but as far as historical tornadoes go I enjoyed this read (abs; full view .pdf is free) on the August 1521 Tlatelolco tornado
  6. Fantastic Hoosier, thanks. This is neat. Asking out of curiosity does Grazulis discuss what kind of difficulties there were in obtaining contemporary observations reports, & accounts in sparsely populated areas with limited roads
  7. Welp that'll be unpleasant for being out in the field It was my pleasure! Lots of fun meeting you all :]
  8. Probably is a topic better suited to pol subforum but I'd be inclined to reframe what you're saying -- which is in the rawest sense true -- as natural disasters assert an obvious crisis that compel private and public institutions to spend money on civic and residential infrastructureSo like the old Keynes chestnut where, in a depression or for that matter conditions short of full employment, it *doesn't make a difference* in terms of redistributive economic stimulus if you paid a whole bunch of laid off miners to bury gold dubloons and paid another group of jobless nurses to find em with metal detectors & dig em up instead of "building bridges or hospitals or providing a not-poisonous water supply" However as I'm sure everyone here knows when a town gets flattened by a tornado / burned by wildfire / inundated by storm surge its people whose finances and livlihoods are already precarious -- and who are already underserved by private and public powers that be e.g. minorities, the elderly, single parents -- that tend to get ruined & have their communities displaced. With potential huge social costs on a generational scale However as per the Keynes chestnut there are more humane, sensible, and socially useful ways to get the benefits of infrastructure spending than burying dubloons or waiting for cyclonic terror from the skies to level a subdivision
  9. here's a fair recent longread on ancient dogs edit thats got a paywall doesn't it free preview of significant part of article
  10. I freakin love dogs but its OK if you don't Edit: Lookit how good that ancient pharaoh-hound dog thing is, all with its ears and the dead god dang gazelle in its jaws. Good hound.
  11. Probably there's multiple episodes of independent canine-human coevolution in multiple locations. So while the nerds who study this stuff are pretty confident in the evidence for what we'd call canis familiaris being present 15kcal BP, there's other examples from 33kcal BP and some argue even earlier evidence of divergence between dogs, wolves, and their last common ancestor. All complicated by the fact that unto this day dogs, wolves, and 'yotes can and do reproduce with one another. "Canis soupus" is a popular nickname for the dogwolf coywolf 'yote creatures that have become interesting to biologists and land managers of late.I should post up the pic of the ancient siberian hunting dog burial where its people interred it with a mammoth bone in its jaws Our ancestors didn't do breeds like the AKC: they ended up in alliances so to speak with landraces of different-shaped dogtypes that offered unique skills and advantages for whatever their archaic human selves were up to: coursing, tracking, guarding. Later herding, ratting, hauling, and so on. Divergent ancient dogtypes are attested archaeologically. So in that vernacular it doesn't really make sense to say "azawakh" or a "greyhound" so much as "coursing dog that hunts by sight" This is some weird egyptian gamepiece from 5000 years ago; I doubt that the dogs it depicts bear a special genetic relationship to for example modern english greyhounds but we could course deer or gazelles or rabbits with them just the same. Fanciers say the azawakh is an ancient breed; really what that means when we're talking about dogs is that they're geographically and hence genetically isolated from other dog populations and also wolves.
  12. Siberian puppies frozen in permafrost from 12.4kya Cool findings for human-canine coevolution
  13. Greenland, but lots of neat stuff on salavge archaeology in and around Nuuk & elsewhere
  14. Freak föhnwetter leads to tragedy at St. Paul Winter Carnival as beloved ice palace melts, slumps, collapses "Deal with it kiddoes!" scolds GLOV banter thread. "Welcome to the hard knock life. Don't nothin come for free."
  15. Michigan Pond Hockey Classic is like the most wholesome thing since Norwegian state television ran twelve uninterrupted hours of footage of a bonfire & called it National Firewood Night
  16. meanwhile here's a neat post on recovering & working with archival data from the Lady Franklin Bay expedition:
  17. YeahI like hearing about what people do, and why the sensible weather matters for their professions and their hobbies, and why us amateurs feel compelled to go beyond "see what's in the P&C for the next couple of days", and for us and for pro mets how that matches with scientific and other kinds of enthusiasm for weather & climate. I think the banter thread is great for that stuff cuz its entertaining -- but also b/c it helps me reckon the kind of topics ppl are likely to really have built a knowledge base about also the kind of wishcasting they do lmao Fire and alpine climbing were reasons I started paying attention.
  18. Two items: First a post talking with Lonnie Thompson about salvage coring & long-term storage of ice records: Second a nifty set of links that's been making the rounds about Jill Pelto's environmental art; Snippet from the UMaine profile: one depicts glacier mass loss in the Cascades; ... This one shows glacier mass loss, sea level rise, and temperature increase ... All neat stuff and there's more to see in her gallery and in the UMaine profile. Will have to browse and see what she has for weather nerds; the famous Edward Tufte supercell shows what might be a starting point for a scientist-artist who wants to move beyond elegance of explanation: I think she could do some wicked cool things with analyses drawn in the old school, and with soundings. I would love to see how she'd approach it. If the Pelto name is familiar, her father Mauri Pelto is a prolific glaciologist. ... What I think is worth noting is that the link between scientific illustration and fine art, so to speak, is so often thought of as a distinction when as has come up in this thread re: romantic landscape art, Bradford Washburn, &c. that distinction is a convenience and the link grounds a powerful tradition of exchange between artistic and scientific ways of seeing, observing, creating and presenting data, especially in the American west -- Muybridge, Thomas Moran and William Holmes e.g. Here's a couple of Holmes joints, for fun. All via wiki. Panorama from Point Sublime, illustration of the Grand Canyon by Holmes, published in Clarence E. Dutton, The Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District (1882), sheet XV. ... Sunset on the Kanab Desert. From the brink of the Permian Cliff - a Permian butte in the foreground, the Vermillion Cliffs in the distance, and the Jurassic white sandstone in the extreme background. Grand Canyon District, Mohave County, Arizona. (Holmes, 1877)
  19. Today's weather was shockingly miserable. However some of you might enjoy this article on Newfie weather argot
  20. I think it has to be a little nerve wracking doing the forecasting during fire season or trying to nail down the timing of the Sta Anas. I would love to hear a SW met give their take, or talk abouthow the fire agencies perform and act on their weather analysis
  21. I think I mentioned in the banter thread a couple weeks ago with the storm train coming ashore SGX had in one day: torrential rain, flash flooding, mudslides, high surf, high wind, tornadoes, and a blizzard in the mountains.And there was an earthquake. I always thought given the huge population, varied terrain from coast to alpine to desert, transport chokepoints through high passes, and critical interested groups using the forecasts that forecasting for LOX or SGX must get real exciting sometimes
  22. So far today in the San Diego CWA we've racked up: waterspouts, tornadoes, bow front, damaging winds, torrential rain, flooding, landslides, high surf, blizzard conditions and 2+ feet of snow in the mountains and, also, a temblor