Skiing, Avalanches, and Internet Media-

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Fri, Dec 21, 2012, 1:18 pm  //  John Servais

Yesterday the New York Times came out with an article about the avalanche at Stevens Pass last February that killed three backcountry skiiers.  The Tunnel Creek tragedy.  A group of very expert freeskiers were running the back side of the ski area and ... well, that is the story.  

There is a reason to post a link here on NWCitizen to that story at the NYT.  The online version of it is ground breaking in its use of all the Internet provides us for presenting information, stories, reporting or opinion.  Indeed what our big-city friends from way back east have done is moved the top standard way ahead of where it has been.  And it shows how we can use the Internet and computers to better inform and educate ourselves.   I think this article will live as a touchstone in future years.  "Awesome" applies. 

It is long - 16,000 words.  But you can enjoy it by skimming a thousand words and playing the graphics and short videos.  In Bellingham and Whatcom County we have many expert skiers who have studied avalanches, who enjoy backcountry skiing and who will find the full reading of this story an enjoyable read and a valuable insight into last winter's tragedy.  

New York Times - Snow Fall - the Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, by John Branch  -  Thursday, December 20, 2012

I used to ski - and would like to again.  I started at age two on a hill in northern Wisconsin.  My father and his friends founded the Vagabond Ski Club of Green Bay back in the 1930s.  All us kids grew up with the rope tow at the ski hill on the east side of town out by Baird's Creek.  I skiied for decades and did not think I would ever not ski.  It included backcountry, including a good attempt at a winter climb of Mt Shuksan in 1970 from Baker Lake.  One photo I took on that trip was later used by National Geographic, but all of them are personal treasures.  This story hit home and I have my own opinions now on why this happened.  With this excellent chronicle, others skiers can read and also imagine themselves there at Tunnel Creek last February and ponder what they would have said or done.  

Skiing, Avalanches, and Internet Media-

Fri, Dec 21, 2012, 1:18 pm  //  John Servais

The Tunnel Creek avalanche and three skiers' deaths last February was a confusing tragedy. Experts killed. How did it happen?


Is NOAA Reporting False Higher Temperatures?

Sun, Jul 29, 2012, 11:17 am  //  John Servais

New report suggests U.S. weather stations reporting higher temperatures because NOAA has poorly managed sensors and caused false higher readings.

11 comments; last on Aug 06, 2012

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Superstring Theory & Spirituality: The Aura of the Universe

Tue, Mar 01, 2011, 10:58 am  //  Larry Horowitz

According to Superstring theory, the universe consists of 10 dimensions, not 3 or 4. But what does this all mean?

14 comments; last on Mar 06, 2011

WWU Prof Easterbrook on Global Warming

Mon, Jan 24, 2011, 5:16 pm  //  John Servais

Dr. Don Easterbrook looks at global temperature swings over thousands of years when CO2 remained constant

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Sun, Jan 16, 2011, 1:11 am  //  John Servais

Earthquakes occurring in a mile or so south of Fairhaven late this evening.

1 comments; last on Jan 22, 2011

Book Review:  Whole Earth Discipline

Fri, Jul 16, 2010, 5:44 am  //  Guest writer

Eric Hirst reviews this October 2009 book by Stewart Brand of Whole Earth Catalog fame. Stewart is critical of several mainstream environmental stances.

1 comments; last on Jul 19, 2010

Planning for Earthquakes

Thu, Apr 01, 2010, 11:00 am  //  Guest writer

Tom Anderson submits this guest column. He brings attention to our local earthquake risks - and what we can do to prepare.

1 comments; last on Apr 01, 2010

The Way I See It - The Fall of Science

Wed, Mar 03, 2010, 6:00 am  //  Ham Hayes

Enough has been revealed, written and said about “Climate-gate” for me to be alarmed.

7 comments; last on Mar 07, 2010

The Way I See It - Death by Secrecy

Wed, Jan 27, 2010, 5:59 am  //  Ham Hayes

Issues are no longer relevant when secrecy is the name of the game.

1 comments; last on Jan 27, 2010

Consuming earth’s assets

Wed, May 20, 2009, 12:25 pm  //  Larry Horowitz

“At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product.” So says renowned entrepreneur and visionary Paul Hawken at his…

1 comments; last on May 21, 2009

Coming Up - The Weather

Thu, May 14, 2009, 12:08 am  //  g.h.kirsch

Events have forced those who earlier warned of global warming to modulate their hysteria and instead ring the alarm for catastrophic “climate change” instead.

Why the nuance? If

2 comments; last on May 14, 2009

Watching the Space Station

Fri, Apr 24, 2009, 7:04 pm  //  John Servais

We expect to have clear or almost clear skies at dawn for the next few days. And, as chance would have it, the ISS - International Space Station…

1 comments; last on Apr 24, 2009

March 2009 Temperatures for Bellingham

Thu, Apr 02, 2009, 9:57 pm  //  John Servais

Bill McCallum has sent us the temperature graph for March. As he notes:

While March 2009 had the same number of days with temperatures above normal, 4 of them,…

3 comments; last on Apr 03, 2009

Book review:  The Weather of the Pacific Northwest

Thu, Dec 18, 2008, 2:39 am  //  John Servais

The book on Northwest weather has just been published. I mean _the_ book. "The Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass. For any person who is not…


Weather - September temperatures for Bellingham

Thu, Oct 02, 2008, 12:37 am  //  John Servais

Bill McCallum is creating these interesting graphs of our monthly weather and making them available to us. We will continue to post them through December and then try…


Uncharted Future

Fri, Jul 04, 2008, 1:21 am  //  Myron Wlaznak

Over the past few years, I’ve written in other venues about profound impacts we can expect to our daily lives from fundamental changes in a rapidly evolving world.…

2 comments; last on Jul 23, 2008

Weather - June Temperatures for Bellingham

Tue, Jul 01, 2008, 7:35 am  //  John Servais

Bill McCallum has sent us the June chart of temperatures. As you can see, we had another cold month. Bill notes:

"Temperatures have been below normal for the past…


Magnetism & the search for unlimited energy

Sat, Jun 28, 2008, 8:11 am  //  Larry Horowitz

On March 26, 2002, the US Patent Office issued Patent No. 6,362,718 B1, potentially altering the entire paradigm in our quest for the holy grail of unlimited clean…

11 comments; last on Jul 23, 2008

Weather - May temperatures for Bellingham

Sat, Jun 14, 2008, 10:40 am  //  John Servais

Bill McCallum has provided us with his unique chart for our May temperatures. This is obviously a labor of love for Bill, as he compiles the weather data…


It’s Enough to Make Anyone Grumpy

Thu, Jun 05, 2008, 6:41 pm  //  Myron Wlaznak

It’s been a pretty sorry spring so far. With the exception of Ski to Sea weekend, our little corner of the globe has been somewhat less than a…

1 comments; last on Jun 05, 2008

Weather - April temperatures for Bellingham

Wed, May 07, 2008, 4:24 pm  //  John Servais

Bill McCallum has provided us with a unique and interesting look at our monthly temperatures. Above is the chart for April 2008, with the actual temperatures compared to…


Hitting the Ground Running

Tue, Jan 08, 2008, 7:18 pm  //  John Servais

OK, we are running on the new server. And the design and programming are going well. I have cautious hope the transformed site will be running by early…


Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning?

Fri, Dec 14, 2007, 3:16 pm  //  John Servais

Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning? This is on NASA's site and has strong credibility. You won't find this article on a Google news search. I'll continue to…


Of treaties, phones and sunspots

Thu, Dec 13, 2007, 2:43 am  //  John Servais

Some items that I think are neat or news and which will perhaps impact us a lot in the near future.

Do you know that today Russia withdrew from…


Winter solstice wonders

Sun, Dec 09, 2007, 3:07 am  //  John Servais

A little lightness for the weekend may be nice. While most 'blogs' include a lot of personal introspection and personal involvement in the posts, this web site has…



Wed, Oct 19, 2005, 3:28 pm  //  John Servais

Got your attention? Time magazine has an article this week about our Bellingham fight over whether or not to put fluoride in our drinking water. It is worth…


Like toxic water flowing from GP

Sat, Jul 02, 2005, 4:18 pm  //  Site Management

The link to No Forced Fluoride in Bellingham is posted to the right. The pro-fluoride initiative backers - financed by Seattle powers with well-laundered money passed along to…


Fluoride in water is medicine

Wed, Jun 22, 2005, 4:28 pm  //  Site Management

We found the nerve endings. The fluoride proponents don't like the word "medicine" as used in the June 16 post below. Of course fluoride in water is just…


We want pure clean water

Thu, Jun 16, 2005, 4:32 pm  //  Site Management

The fluoride proponents don't have a clue. They don't get it. When I open my water tap, I want clean water to come out, not medicine.

These well-meaning folks…


Internet election results: It’s just a fad

Tue, Sep 16, 2003, 3:17 pm  //  John Servais

The Auditor will post election results in almost-real time this evening. First post should be about 8:15, and because of the very few races the evening count may…


So - what polite word can we use?

Wed, Sep 03, 2003, 3:41 pm  //  John Servais

Phone outage in Whatcom County, Bellingham and much of Skagit County since 7:45 am this morning according to news reports. KGMI is on top of this and the…


There are a few outstanding news web sites

Tue, Jun 24, 2003, 5:13 pm  //  John Servais

that provide national and international news that is most important and not always available. One site is truthout and it depends on visitor donations to continue. No ads,…



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