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Spring Equinox

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 is the spring equinox. Do something special to celebrate. Mark that day in some memorable fashion. Your wall calendars and media will call today “first day of spring” or some other trivializing phrase, as if it is a meaningless Hallmark holiday. Do not confuse it with other fabricated events on your pre-printed calendar. Mankind has paid attention to solstices and equinoxes throughout our history. The days have been getting longer since the winter solstice, and will continue growing until the summer solstice June 21st. Wednesday is exactly half-way in between. It defines the shift from snow-cold-snow-cold to robins, flowers, butterflies and shedding jackets during the day. Pessimists say The Bitterroot has three seasons: snow, flood and […]

dropping weather bombs around the world

In 1947 USofA top military brass announced their hope to control the weather as a weapon system more powerful than any potential on the horizon. The HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) facility in Gakona, Alaska was operated by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1993 through 2015. Many observers say HAARP can and has been used for weather modification, to cause earthquakes and tsunamis, to disrupt global communications systems, and more. Some people thought shutting the Alaskan facility down meant the end of USAF, USN, DARPA weather manipulation … Dreamers. Twenty two years of research and development gave them a dozen functioning models […]

flood warning

This epic snow will go somewhere when it melts. Are the ‘somewheres’ in your area going to handle that easily or should you be making plans for flooding? As I mentioned in The Blizzard of ’19 saga continues on March 1st, this unnatural heavy snow is setting us up for a special spring melt season. Here in The Bitterroot we stand at 143% of a normal water year. That is one piece of the flooding risk matrix. There is a large potential flow for our river. The threat gets REAL when warm rains bring the snow down in too big of a hurry for the river banks to contain. ——– the KPAX article warns ——– Ravalli County residents urged […]

The Blizzard of ’19 saga continues

As western Montana digs its way out of epic snow. No strangers to significant winter snowfall, schools, businesses and government agencies in Darby, Hamilton and Missoula cried, “DISASTER!” with closures and shutdowns all up and down the Bitterroot. This last week was more than they were able to handle. In my neighborhood I have seen just about every type of tractor, truck, tracked and all-wheel-drive vehicle with snow moving capability running up and down our road as people scramble to hire snow management beyond what they were set up to do on their own. Two different communities in the upper Bitterroot each had two out of four of their snowplows break down. Of course this stuff happens at the worst […]

Blizzard of ’19

This one is epic … quite unnatural, but the results have to be dealt with regardless of instigation. I am running the old body near its edges, but feeling quite grateful and a bit smug over having the tools necessary to handle the situation. I will let the photos and video clip (15 seconds) from today tell the rest of the story. http://www.bitterrootbugle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/carving-a-path-to-the-shop.mp4 18 inches on the ground 21 inches on garage roof picnic table nearly disappeared snow ladened pine tree cutting a path to the shop blowing a path to the shop starting on shop door clearing shop access cleared cord and a half of fir under there S10 wearing a snow hat […]

somebody moved Darby to Grangeville when I wasn’t looking

I haven’t dealt with snow at this level since I lived on the wet side of the Bitterroot Mountain Range. As wet air moves east into mountain ranges that make it go up the moisture is wrung out of it. That is meteoroligical fact from a century of experience. The west sides of the Sierras, Wasach and Bitterroots have all shown me this in real life, real time. Thus no real surprise a dozen years ago when I had to shovel 8 to 12 inches of snow off my sidewalk and driveway in Grangeville, Idaho, at the foot of the mountians dividing north Idaho from Montana. At a youthful 58 years old, removing 12 inches of snow on my sidewalks […]

connected with the cosmos

I have published several articles here regarding the function of the hair growing out of our heads (search this site for “hair”). There is more to it than most understand. History is replete with examples of warriors losing powers when shorn, or retaining inexplicable senses with their long hair. We long-hairs cannot quantify differences nor can short-hairs know what they are missing. A few days ago one of those unaccountable things happened to me. I felt an urgent need to take both dogs for an off-leash walk up the road; something I NEVER DO. I tried to rationalize the urge away, but then let it take me to the far side of the road (because the off-leash dogs went there) […]

GOES West and the streakers

Natural weather in the Northern Hemisphere rotates counter-clockwise. It always has and unless the magnetic poles switch, always will. The key word here is “natural”. Nature no longer has exclusive control over our weather. Never have the satellite images shown it so clearly as it does with this current unusual weather pattern. Between dusk and dawn the chemtrail lines are right there on the weather satellite images. That is the one I watch as it shows weather approaching my location. I suspect others would reveal similar geoengineering interventions. GOES-17 (West; 137.2W) The above link takes you to the current animated version (last three hours). The chemtrails are highly visible when the sun is not shining on them. Of course the […]

Darby Dog Derby 2019 review

The 12th annual Darby Dog Derby sled dog and skijour races at Lost Trail and Chief Joseph Pass ski areas are now history. You can go see the official race results at the BITTERROOT MUSHERS website. My part in these events is to arrange and manage communications across the course over the weekend. This was my fifth year in that role. We learn from our mistakes and failures each year and improve the next. Along with getting better and better at comms comes being more appreciated every year. We received this nice letter of gratitude from the mushers for our help this year (jpg to the right; pdf here: 2019 Bitterroot Mushers thank you letter) call sign JOE This […]

Darby Dog Derby – January 19, 20

Sled dog racing is on the agenda this weekend at the Lost Trail Pass cross-country ski area at the Montana/Idaho border right off Highway 93. The Bitterroot Mushers are running their 12th annual sled dog races with the first skijor race starting 9:00 Saturday morning and wrapping up with the 4-dog teams finishing around 3:00. Sunday will be a repeat of that schedule with the addition of the Awards Ceremony after racing is complete. This all takes place adjacent to Montana mile marker ZERO. It is as close to you as whatever your nearest Highway 93 mile marker indicates. That is to say, in my neighborhood sled dog racing has practically come to you so you don’t have to go […]

today marks the Winter Solstice

It is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The South Pole is leaning as far towards the sun as it will until this time next year. It is also considered officially as the first day of northern winter. Even though the days will now start getting longer, the cooling of our portion of the Earth’s surface has just begun. Take a look at sunrise and sunset for the next few days. Note where they strike your house, where they shine in the windows, what areas of your yard get the most southern warming exposure. From now to June, those points will gradually move north before the Summer Solstice marks the next turnaround. As long as […]

weather modification science

As we know from looking up, our own experience, articles at this website and dedicated research publishers like Global Skywatch, some insanely powerful people are killing Mother Earth. Twenty years as an independent contractor working outdoors for a living made me quite the weather watcher. When I ditched television 30 years ago I turned to the Internet for weather information from radar, satellite, meteorologists along with my own study of meteorology. It has changed. We can see it in the satellite images, in extreme record-breaking weather events and regional “inexplicable” natural disasters such as plant and animal die-offs. But it is ‘splicable. The video below covers the science being used, mis-used. Sudden area-wide die-offs rarely show up in the […]

autumnal equinox

I have written and published on this topic before. It is good to remember our connections with Mother Earth, our solar system and the cosmos. I know your calendar calls it something else, as if it is a meaningless Hallmark holiday, but mankind has paid attention to these things throughout our history. They are significant in the real world. So I repost most of what I put up last year at this time. It is not a Hallmark Holiday or made-up event. In cultures past, who paid attention to natural rhythms, the autumn equinox was a big deal. Today, day and night are of equal length. Harvest festivals and putting produce up for the winter are major parts of this […]

creek maintenance

I took a break from metaspace and spent the week in meat space. Among other things, a major shelving project delivered a two car garage instead of a 400-square-foot waist-deep pile of crap that had no good home yet. Before that was an electrical wiring project to put our irrigation pump on an actual switch instead of plugging and unplugging a heavy-duty 50-foot extension cord. Side effects included a couple of useful outlets. About a week ago I came outside in the morning to immediately notice an abnormal quiet. Really quiet. Huh? Where is the sound of the creek? So I walked down to it and WHOA! It was a trickle. Oh crap. Some telephone calls later, I ended up […]