Thursday, November 17, 2011

11/17 Salish Sea News and Weather: Winter, baby orca, nixed wind farm, annexed farmland, coal export, super bacteria

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Snow and slush on Vancouver Island, greater Vancouver metro area, Everett, Seabeck and Belfair... Anyone else for winter? Mount Baker skiing opens Friday. Whew.

Read Our Lady of the North’s thoughtful comment on the blog, “Occupy Everywhere But Stay On Message

Chris Dunagan at the Kitsap Sun reports on the preliminary exam by Portland State University of the baby orca that died and washed up on the beach at Seaview. Dead baby orca will provide scientific information

Energy Northwest and four southwest Washington utilities have bagged four years of investment in a proposal to build 32 wind turbines near Naselle at the mouth of the Columbia. W. Washington wind farm canceled due to seabird

According to Tacoma’s News Tribune, the long-awaited annexation of nearly 114 acres which includes one of the Puyallup Valley’s last remaining daffodil farms now makes it easier for a longtime agriculture family to sell it and for buyers to develop it. City of Puyallup absorbs farmland

Eric de Place in Sightlines examines the choice between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, this time between what’s worse: Keystone XL oil pipeline or coal export to Asia. Coal Exports Are Bigger Threat Than Tar Sands Pipeline

Science Digest reports on a University of Minnesota study showing that treated municipal wastewater -- even wastewater treated by the highest-quality treatment technology -- can result in significant quantities of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often referred to as "superbacteria," in surface waters. Even the Cleanest Wastewater Contributes to More 'Super Bacteria', Study Finds

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST THU NOV 17 2011
  GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST EARLY THIS MORNING
 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 W WIND 20 TO 30 KT...BECOMING SW 15 TO 25 KT BY EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON...THEN EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 12 FT AT 9 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 16 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SHOWERS.
 TONIGHT
 W SWELL 17 FT AT 13 SECONDS. S WIND 10 TO 15 KT... BECOMING SE LATE. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SHOWERS IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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