Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12/27 Stormy weather, B.C. streams, Oly water, SF oil spill, mercury rule, "Twilight Zone" life

New blog: “Smokin’ and Talkin’ and Textin’ While Drivin’”  

It does take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Cliff Mass on The Christmas Day Storm.

Globe and Mail reporter Mark Hume writes about stream steward Ron Gruber and the work done to bring Spanish Bank Creek, an urban Vancouver stream, back to health from its near death 50 years ago. The stream that spawned a comeback    Hume also profiles hockey star Willie Mitchell, fighting to protect the Kokish River in northern Vancouver Island. Good stuff. A high-profile hockey player fights for the river he loves

Olympia's artesian well near Fourth and Jefferson has been preserved by the city as a place where you can fill your bottles with untreated but tested water. In Olympia, it’s still the water

The thousands of gallons of bunker oil that spilled into San Francisco Bay in 2007 from the cargo ship Cosco Busan has been cleaned up but the long-term effect has been found by scientists to be devastating to the herring population that feeds seabirds, whales and the bay's last commercial fishery. Oil from 2007 spill surprisingly toxic to fish, scientists report

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on the science and politics of regulating mercury: "Here’s what I wanted for Christmas: something that would make us both healthier and richer. And since I was just making a wish, why not ask that Americans get smarter, too?"  Springtime for Toxics  

Richard Pyle, an ichthyologist and database developer at Bishop Museum in Honolulu, blogs on his work in the tropical Pacific documenting reef habitats at depths of about 200 to 500 feet — an ecoregion referred to as deep coral reefs, mesophotic coral ecosystems and the coral-reef “Twilight Zone.”  A Visual Feast in an Undersea Twilight Zone  

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST TUE DEC 27 2011
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST WEDNESDAY
TODAY
SW WIND 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING S 15 TO 25 KT LATE IN THE MORNING...THEN EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON...RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 FT OR LESS IN THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON...THEN... BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. W SWELL 12 FT AT 12 SECONDS. RAIN.
TONIGHT
S WIND 25 TO 35 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 12 SECONDS. RAIN.

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