Posted on June 3, 2013 by Al B.
The snowpack depth in the Olympic Peninsula as we head into summer is excellent. On May 1st, the last month until next November that the snowpack is measured, showed that we were 103% of normal for the year. This is still below last years snowpack but dramatically above the snowpack experienced in 2005, when the pack was only at 25% of normal. In 2006, the Makah Tribe ran very low on water supplies in their reservoirs All measurements for the Cascades are also above normal. This is in contrast with drought conditions continuing across approx 60% of the country and especially the southwest and central Rockies. Severe to execptionally severe drought (the highest level measured), continues to plague key farming areas from California to the Central Plains. Costs last year to farming were estimated to be between $50 and 200 B, which is higher than the estimated damage of Hurricane Sandy, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting
Given concerns about global warming, the understanding is that many areas will continue to experience wild weather swings, storms with increased strength (as Oklahoma hurricanes and Hurricane Sandy have shown recently, along with historic flooding in Texas) and prolongued drought. The drought of last year was epic, on a scale of the Dustbowl of the Great Depression. This year is expected to be close if not worse.
In the Northwest, we seem to be beneficiares of a pocket of ‘good’ weather. As global temperatures continure to rise, with little sign of a downturn in the trend (the trend is variable, as are most trends).
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Posted on February 15, 2013 by Al B.
It started with a few sightings here and there. Now a strange sea creature, a salp, is showing up on beaches and in crab pots up and down the Washington Coast, raising curiosity and concerns. Marine expert Alan Rammer said he’s received several calls from people asking what they are. He told us they are members of the tunicate family called ‘salps’ and are a harmless visitor from the South. Gary Chittim reports.
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Posted on September 3, 2012 by Al B.
NW Tribes and those from Alaska, went to Washington D.C. in June to press for help in solving global warming issues. Here’s their resolution to Congress and the President.
Climate change is occurring rapidly, creating an urgent need for the world to make use of indigenous ways of adapting and maintaining the resiliency that has served ancient coastal cultures for thousands of years.
First Stewards Send Resolution to Congress, President Obama.
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Posted on January 12, 2012 by Al B.
Chris Dunagan of the Kitsap Sun did some digging to come up with a response to a reader who was not convinced of the problems of global warming.
Because of the holidays, I did not get an immediate response from several climate experts I contacted following Nels Sultan’s comments about sea level rise in a blog post regarding “king tides.”
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Posted on May 4, 2011 by Al B.
It’s really a shame that we can’t take this threat as seriously as terrorism. This will cause much more disruption than even 911. 5 foot sea level rise will affect all of us on the coast.
5/4 Associated Press
Report sees sharper sea rise from Arctic melt
By Karl Ritter and Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press
STOCKHOLM — The ice of Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections, an authoritative international assessment says.
The findings “emphasize the need for greater urgency” in combating global warming, says the report of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), the scientific arm of the eight-nation Arctic Council.
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