Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1/17 Snow, weather cams, Lummi Is. Quarry, Adventuress, Wikipedia, swans

Climate scientist Cliff Mass says this storm has been hard to forecast because “there are two airstreams battling it out...one from the north and one from the south.  Small displacements of the low (order of a few hundred miles) makes all the difference.” He says (as of Monday) that “it seems clear that we are going to have a major snowstorm, one that is NOT followed by major warming and heavy rain.  No Slushmageddon, just Snowmageddon.” However, what’s coming is “NOT going to be as bad as December 1996.  I remember that well.  We had two snowstorm the last week in December and I had 21.5 inches on the ground at my house.  Then it got very warm and windy and heavy rain rapidly melted the snow.  Just a disaster, with collapsed roofs and slope failures.” Wednesday Snow Storm  

If you like to watch: Two pages with links to cameras around the region where you can couch potato the weather out there: Washington Web Cams  and Pacific Northwest Live Webcams

If you like to watch:  The Lummi Island Conservancy produced a video to explain issues regarding the proposed expansion of the Lummi Island Quarry Video Introduces Problems With Proposed Quarry Expansion

Thirty-five volunteers worked over the three-day weekend on The Adventuress’s winter repair and renovation. “We have taken everything apart. Now we have to put it all back together,” said Captain Joshua Berger. Schooner goes to pieces for holiday repair; Adventuress volunteers do prep work

Wikipedia will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in the U.S. Congress. Wikipedia to go dark tonight protesting anti-piracy act

"Something stirs in each of us when see swans," said Martha Jordon, a biologist who specializes in the birds. "And it's unique for each person." Jordon talks on Jan. 26 at the Northwest Stream Center.  Learn about the majestic swans that have returned to the Northwest

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST TUE JAN 17 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT LATE TONIGHT
 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING
TODAY
NW WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. NW SWELL 5 FT AT 12 SECONDS. SHOWERS.
TONIGHT
N WIND 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING E 20 TO 30 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 OR 3 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FT AFTER
 MIDNIGHT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 15 SECONDS. RAIN LIKELY IN THE EVENING. A CHANCE OF SNOW.

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