Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2/1 Ribbon seal, runoff rules, Wild Olympics plan, Alexandrium toxin, goose repellent, dreaming in Whale

Coastal Fusion (Laurie MacBride)
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This is not the La Nina you were looking for. Cliff Mass explains in Wayward La Nina  

Unseasonably high temperatures until spring, Environment Canada forecasts Warm winter ahead for most of Canada

New blog: “"Perhaps it’s because I’ve lived on the coast all my life, or maybe I’m simply attracted by “edges”..." Laurie MacBride on Tidal Edge: Where Land, Sea & Ancient Cultures Meet

New blog: “I’ve been trying to get into the mind of the person or persons shooting and killing sea lions in Puget Sound.”  They Shoot Sea Lions, Don’t They?

The Arctic ribbon seal visiting Puget Sound appeared to be in good shape after being given a health checkup by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at Steamboat Slough in Everett yesterday. Arctic ribbon seal has a surprise checkup

The state Department of Ecology is set to issue long-awaited, court-ordered rules to control polluted rainwater runoff but business interests and cities are pushing legislation to delay the rules or to make compliance voluntary. Robert McClure from Investigate West reports on Developers to Legislature: Save us from runoff rules  

Grays Harbor County commissioners don’t like the Wild Olympics plan to have 209 square miles added to the Olympic National Forest as wilderness and to add 58 square miles of state and private timber land to the Olympic National Park as wilderness, if the owners agree to sell. Grays Harbor Officials Oppose Wild Olympics Plan

Glen Farley at KING5 goes on a boat ride with researchers investigating the dinoflagellate Alexandrium which can increase in late summer and concentrated in shellfish as a deadly neurotoxin.  Hunt is on for deadly neurotoxin that can contaminate shellfish

It costs $250 a gallon of spray repellent to rid Sequim’s Water Reclamation Demonstration Park of Canadian geese that poop. The spray, called Migrate, is a nontoxic and biodegradable grape-seed oil-based solution. Sequim uses $250-a-gallon repellent to fight poop in park from Canada geese  

News has come from France that some captive-born dolphins there have been recorded “talking in their sleep” — and talking in Whale, no less, not Dolphinese. There’s also the intriguing possibility that these sounds — virtually identical to sounds made by the humpback whale — may, if the dolphins are really asleep and not just resting, be direct expression of something the dolphins are dreaming.  Dolphins Reported Talking Whale in Their Sleep

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 235 AM PST WED FEB 1 2012
TODAY
W WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING 10 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 16 SECONDS. A
 CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING.
TONIGHT
LIGHT WIND...BECOMING E 5 TO 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 8 FT AT 15 SECONDS.

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