Kinda the wrong photo to illustrate this with. Starlings are not the most beneficial of birds. I'm going out of my way to support my local bird populations - I suggest you do as well. If nothing else, a consistent source of water. The robins are moving through right now - poop all over my stucco courtyard walls. Have to take a hose out before the walls start looking like Jackson Pollock.
There was that time when the United States military did a "cloud seeding" experiment during the Vietnam War, when it artificially made it rain over Vietnam and Laos to cause flooding. But other than that, the idea of weather manipulation is the stuff of spy thrillers.
Okay, sloppy journalism once again. I could care less about 'conspiracies', but this line is bull----. Does noone ever check their facts anymore? Ski areas have been using cloud seeding for quite a while now.
Results of the online auction, posted on Tuesday afternoon, showed that all 43 parcels up for sale received winning bids, which averaged $28.68 per acre and ranged between $2 and $93 per acre. Total proceeds from the auction were $1.56 million, according to the BLM.
OK, here's a crazy idea. Get on Kickstarter or similar before one of these auctions. Let's get thousands of people willing to buy an acre, and scoop this acreate right out from under them. Whaddaya say? It's our land. We should buy it back. We shouldn't have to. But we could?
For a brief moment, there is no wind! We've been thoroughly blasted over like the last two weeks. I'm going outside to experience the rarity. Back soon.
Thundersnowhaboob just hit. Flung my garbage cans about 30 feet down the yard. I went out to retrieve them, but I'm leaving them wedged together on the ground. I can't fight the wind, and the combo of flying snow/rain/dust/dirt/rocks in the face is pretty nature-dystopian ("Really, Mother Nature?") and rather painful. I practically tossed my cookies getting back in the house. Holy cow, this is crazy. Never seen anything like this in my near two decades in Santa Fe.
Later: Went back out to fix things during a 'lull', and had my own recycling can attack me. Should've had a video trained on the yard. Probably looked like a giant plastic green dinosaur trying to gobble ol' Garret. Screw this. I'm waiting until it passes.
Even later: Blew Sandra's glasses right off her face. Peeled them away. Astonishing.
A vector of risk I hadn't thought of. Given our drought status, drones and forests may end up being a deadly mix. I'd recommend operators have buckets, shovels, and a 5 gallon container of water available, but likely not even that would be enough given how tinder-dry we are. A ban might be in order over BLM and National Forest land. You'll piss off the social media 'influencers', but who cares? It's the landscape we must live in and with.
There is no fair and balanced way of viewing this administration. The reality is that we'll be cleaning up the damage to our lands and institutions for generations. We will lose things that we will never be able to replace if we don't resist. Contact your member of Congress today. Tell them to protect our national parks.
This is exactly what I missed here in NM this winter. We haven't had near enough snow and moisture. It is going to be a record-dreadful drought year. I hate to have to predict it, but we're dead in the sights of some serious fires.
Officials with the federal Farm Service Agency say many ranchers are scrambling to buy up as much alfalfa as they can to supplement feed supplies while others from the small communities of Cuba to Carrizozo are cutting herd sizes.
I'd not thought about the fact we've been seeing a significant uptick in hay trucks zooming by. Two and three semi's at a time. Makes sense. Sense of drought-dread.
Although the loss of sea ice is troubling, the overall pace of change is even worse. Global temperatures are rising at a rate far in excess of anything seen in recent Earth history. That means, in all likelihood, these latest records were made to be broken.
Humanity may, very likely, be doomed. Either doomed to extinction, turning Earth into another Venus, or dooming ourselves to sputtering centuries of attempted manmade climate management.
If you live back East, and you've not yet taken in Winterthur, you absolutely must. Esp. if you love antiques and gardening. The gardens - a point not mentioned in this article - are built so that there are blooms throughout the year. The garden is laid out in a circle, and each of four segments bloom in the appropriate season. It is a stunning piece of work, the nature of which is only seldom attempted in our modern times.