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  • Will Lake Champlain Close? | Slow Water Movement
    has certainly had effects on those weather events it s extremely difficult to say how much and in what way But a lake as big as Lake Champlain has a memory Water stores a tremendous amount of memory Whether the lake closes does not just depend on how cold one winter is and this one has been a pretty cold one at least by recent standards The lake s temperature is influenced by the previous summer and the winter before that and probably even the summer before that Maybe it goes back a decade The more the average temperature rises even if it is just a couple of degrees the harder it is for the lake to freeze in winter So there you have it The fact that this is the first chance I had since I came to Vermont to walk out on that causeway and see only ice it came close a few years ago but apparently did not close completely the fact that it s even worthy of note is some of the strongest evidence of a warming climate I ve ever seen And scaling this upward the Arctic sea ice also acts in a similar way Taking that a step further the amount of sea ice versus open water has effects on the jet stream including possibly making the weather more severe and contributing to that big list of weather issues above The system is massively entangled and confusing but this time the slow wisdom of the lake shows us all we need to know Who knows when the lake will close again after this year Perhaps changes in the jet stream will make it more common again for a while Perhaps ironically enough the lack of sea ice in the Arctic will drive the jet stream further south and give us a bunch of harsh winters But maybe just maybe I won t ever see it again in my lifetime Either of the two is pretty scary if you think about it Share this Email This entry was posted in Uncategorized on February 4 2014 by slowwatermovement Post navigation California Drought a Big Deal but Misconceptions Abound Peak Snowdrift 3 thoughts on Will Lake Champlain Close Teage O Connor February 6 2014 at 12 24 pm Yes yes yes yes Please let the lake close Reply gene porter January 1 2015 at 10 43 am But what constitutes closure An LCT decision to stop running the southern ferry beacuse it is using to much fuel to break trail for the small number of cars Does the northern ferry ever stop running Is that closure Reply slowwatermovement Post author January 4 2015 at 7 37 pm As far as I know it just refers to the natural freezing over of the lake whether the ferry closes is like you said more an economic position than anything and probably isn t a good way to determine if the lake is closed Even freezing over by very thin

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  • July | 2015 | Slow Water Movement
    dump rain where they didn t before Winter storms fail Overlying it all is the simple fact We used the water wrong We used the land wrong We used the very air wrong The land isn t dead It s in a deep hybernation It knows in some sense it can wait out its disease Meanwhile its back is turned to us Cold hot dry twisted sideways Like an ancient turtle buried in mud After we are gone it will stick it s head up find what is left and work from there It doesn t have to be that way but all indications are that it will be I try to talk to people about this place but that too twists sideways The feeling of loss turns to hostility Stupid lawns Stupid Monsanto Stupid almonds Stupid dams Stupid invasive wild oats Stupid people who I also love Stupid My time with California reminds me of one and only one thing A dying relationship which i have had with the backdrop of these mountains I say something originating in love but it filters through the fear and anger in my heart and it comes out mean She does the same Our conversations as through a filter The end is already written and we must act it out regardless of how aware we are of the end A drought mixed with feverish heat we brought on knowingly A trail we always loved viewed through the filter of failure Looking at this oak covered hill feeling love and desperation Feeling the end Not here yet but coming When I do leave it is reluctantly but am made to re avow my loss again and again When called back I always had to answer no So I left It wasn t my choice at first but later it is Worst of both worlds That lichen smell brings back my love of this place as strongly as that summer so long ago It always will I left And coming back even for these moments is an emotional battlefield California I tried I really did Maybe in a different time a different world Not this one Sleep well This entry was posted in Uncategorized on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Search for Recent Posts California note 1 Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Weather Videos What If On Nostalgia and Giant Snowflakes Recent Comments evening on Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Corner Garden Sue on Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Nate on Ridiculously Resilient Ridge Possibly Dismal Climate Scenario for California and Beyond Rick on Destroying a Place Does Not Create a Desert slowwatermovement on Will Lake Champlain Close On The Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology

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  • May | 2015 | Slow Water Movement
    the insects like it and once I found a salamander hiding under some old rotten firewood nearby The ubiquitous goldenrod Mint Hawkweed though i watch closely because I hear it is invasive elsewhere New England Aster A deep purple plant oddly named Carpet Bugle that is displacing the grass in front of our house it isn t native but the beleaguered native bumblebees absolutely love it Anything else that pops up I think a bumblebee might like Bumblebees can t use a lawn Ground ivy a weed I pull intermittently but have left alone when it s fighting with the turfgrass The bees like this too Innumerable dandelions The first year the turf had inertia Pulling grass up smothering it with cardboard flipping it upside down to die a form of meditation a mantra less lawn less lawn it seemed endless The second year the battle continued though change shined in the cracks and the holes in the sod This year this year the grass is yielding I will grant it a space behind our house where the neighborhood kids like to play and where if things go as we hope our kids may play some day too I will allow it to persist around the picnic table and some of the places the snowplow scrapes clean in the winter though i will grant it no fertilizer or well water But beyond that the grass is yielding both in the front of the house and in the wide field in the back The difference in how the field looks is noticeable already this year I expect a flush of goldenrod and milkweed late this summer Not the sneeze inducing hay grasses of two summers ago waving in the wind smothering the soil The buzzing of bees A monarch perhaps Definitely milkweed tussock moths Moths are the forgotten corner of the natural world where wonder exists that is only just being rediscovered So I pull the plants I don t want divide and move and split the plants I do want I bring in a few plants from elsewhere There are many more native species I hope to either bring in or entice in with my turf removal We work in our big veggie garden here in mid elevation Vermont where the growing season is so short we start the plants indoors in March or April The old timers say don t plant until memorial day and sure enough the forecast for next Friday calls for a low of 35 easily close enough that a few hours of clear and calm could send our cold hollow down to 31 30 perhaps even 29 We hope for a blanket of cloud or frost mixing wind to protect the few things we have planted but the rest will wait I don t want to leave our field I don t want to go to work sometimes even though it is field work season because there is still too much lawn or because the

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  • January | 2015 | Slow Water Movement
    Sod Weather Videos What If On Nostalgia and Giant Snowflakes Recent Comments evening on Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Corner Garden Sue on Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Nate on Ridiculously Resilient Ridge Possibly Dismal Climate Scenario for California and Beyond Rick on Destroying a Place Does Not Create a Desert slowwatermovement on Will Lake Champlain Close On The Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather A Good Defense Is Not Enough The Not Essential List Published on August 18 2013 by Shaun G Nevada Part 2 Basin and Range Watch Published on July 17 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Archives July 2015 May 2015 January 2015 December 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014

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  • December | 2014 | Slow Water Movement
    first raindrops I envision the way mosses and clubmoss awaken and turn green seemingly minutes after the first rains the way wild cucumber sends out its eerie odd tendrils to feel around for dry shrubs to ramble up upon and sprout its pufferfish pods I think of the vibrant exuberance that follows a wet year One sizable storm has already hit and an even bigger one is roaring down the coast as I type with another likely behind it It may not end the drought but to the California sunflower and the bigpod ceanothus these storms will be enough The hills will burst forth with yellow and white a strange inverse vibrancy to the fall foliage of red maple and birch of mid autumn in Vermont Seeds will fall and new plants will sprout All while Vermont is buried in frozen mud awaiting more substantial snow Of course as is sometimes the case with lost love I don t limit myself to thoughts During the cold dark nights when sleety rain is pelting the window I m watching over my past canyons As part of my long standing obsession with iNaturalist org I spend hours identifying plants posted by others I even dig through some very old photos and added a few observations of my own I keep refreshing the Weather West blog hearing stories of lowering clouds and rising winds I imagine the renewal of the first heavy rains on a fire scar as they rip through the soil like a scab exposing long dormant seeds below and removing debris to rush downhill into someone s swimming pool I imagine I will always hold a sort of deep confused love for California s canyons but it comes like a flash flood and is gone again just as fast Vermont s moods are varied and sometimes challenging but it doesn t take long for a new Vermont wonder to emerge This week we were pelted by a bizarre wrong way Nor easter that came from the southeast instead of moving up the coast from the southwest It had pulled in warm air and we were getting the same frustrating rain sleet and wet sodden snow until suddenly everything changed I looked outside to see what appeared to be soap suds blowing around our porchlight Massive absolutely massive blobs of snowflakes Some of them were at least three inches across and they fell so slowly they seemed suspended in air We ran outside to the sound of plopping snowballs and dripping meltwater from the rooftops Looking up into the falling snow globs was dizzying catching one in your mouth would literally fill it full of snow This must be what it is like for a three year old to witness a hard wet snow and when I was three I had never seen snow fall As the snow squall moved away there was even a flash of lightning Thundersnow I don t know why the snowflake blobs were so enormous but

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  • October | 2014 | Slow Water Movement
    one NOAA was dead wrong except for the equal odds forecasts which weren t possible to quantify success Perhaps that is the point So the forecasts all called for something different and thus some were correct and some weren t What are we up against this year While I don t fully understand how this works the Old Farmer s Almanac is different from the Farmer s Almanac Their forecasts aren t too different though the former is calling for a bitterly cold winter for northern New England and the latter for a wintry white and wet winter Those all sound like a cold forecast except for the wet part which perhaps alludes to thaws or ice storms yuck Accu weather calls for a snowy winter T he Weather Channel again has a confusing forecast in the text it calls for a warm December with little information about January but the video calls for a cold winter NOAA is again calling for a warmer than average winter with equal chances of high or low precipitation amounts For a minute in writing this I became confused that I perhaps clicked on some wrong links because pretty much all of these forecasts are nearly identical to what each of them forecast last year In general i trust NOAA but I am skeptical of the warm forecast The main reason was outlined in this previous post There is evidence that the same sort of ridge setup that formed last year could recur this year That pattern lead to cold conditions in New England and unfortunately also led to drought in California Hopefully I am wrong about that last bit as the situation there is quite dire As usual it s anyone s guess Between all these forecasts one of them has to be correct right The last few days have been very warm with record highs set in several parts of Vermont but next week will be colder more normal late October weather is on the way The mountains will probably even pick up their first significant snow This entry was posted in Uncategorized on October 16 2014 by slowwatermovement Search for Recent Posts California note 1 Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Weather Videos What If On Nostalgia and Giant Snowflakes Recent Comments evening on Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Corner Garden Sue on Sunk Into The Land Ripping Up Sod Nate on Ridiculously Resilient Ridge Possibly Dismal Climate Scenario for California and Beyond Rick on Destroying a Place Does Not Create a Desert slowwatermovement on Will Lake Champlain Close On The Coyot es Network Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Coyote Crossing Published on September 19 2015 by Chris Clarke On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August

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  • September | 2014 | Slow Water Movement
    areas going but desalination poses a lot of problems especially if people finally wise up and realize we need to drastically cut down on our fossil fuel use Desalination uses a lot of energy On the plus side maybe the dusty ex fields and abandoned suburbs would provide better locations for solar and wind plants than intact desert ecosystems remember we need intact desert ecosystems for those plants to be able to move and stabilize what is left of our soil if it gets too dry for other species in the Central Valley However I suspect we would turn to nuclear plants I still believe that this can be done well but whether it will be done well in the throes of desperation is anyone s guess And here s where it starts to get even scarier A lot of people are going to need to leave California But they can return to the Rust Belt and the Northeast right That s where much of the big swell of people came from in the mid 20th century to start with And with climate change it will only get warmer and wetter there great conditions for agriculture and recolonizing Detroit right Well maybe not The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge is a bit like a boulder in a river If you ve watched water flow behind a boulder you see that you get an eddy spinning in one direction and just behind it another eddy spinning the opposite direction California will be much much warmer and drier warmer than the few degrees of GLOBAL warming overall The Arctic is also warming and the loss of sea ice greatly accelerates this trend It s mentioned in the Swain article But away from the newly open ocean waters northern Canada still sits in sunless blackness all winter Even if the climate warms 10 degrees northern Canada is going to be COLD It s going to be really cold And because of a variety of factors that have been described by meteorologist Jeff Masters and even in a blog post I made in 2010 the extreme cold may end up being pushed south and east Into the eastern United States and southern Canada Last winter was a brutal one here in Vermont and even more so to our west in the Upper Midwest the type of winter the old timers talk about This was due to what many were describing as the Arctic Vortex basically the equal and opposite reaction to the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge That s right the cold winter may have actually been linked to global warming Meanwhile in the third eddy Greenland would warm which would dump fresh water into the northern Atlantic possibly disrupting the Gulf Stream and making things in New England even colder This was the scenario inaccurately portrayed in the movie The Day After Tomorrow There is even a slim possibility that these factors would combine in an extreme way along with increased precipitation and lead to massive amounts

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  • August | 2014 | Slow Water Movement
    to escape the concrete and lawns There is a tiny 40 acre marsh Madrona Marsh but the gate is locked much of the time and unlike my teenage senf I am no more inclined to jump the large fence I suppose the walkway along the beach counts for something but it runs between a solid like of multi million dollar houses and the sand which is literally combed and sifted to make sure it is manicured and free of litter I suppose One would be hard pressed to find a native plant there too I remember at one point some were planted to help feed a declining endangered butterfly species and the rich people nearby whined and cried because they didn t like the vegetation looking different than their beloved lawns and iceplant The native plants and with them the butterfly are probably gone now Perhaps I m wrong and someone reconsidered but I doubt it Unlike the hardscrable mining towns of Wyoming the wealthy environmentalists of Torrance and Manhattan Beach can t be bothered to tend their own backyards They re too busy fussing over what people in Wyoming are doing I suppose And it shows I passed through some of the natural gas and oil fields while in the Red Desert and while I do feel strongly that we need to stop using fossil fuels as soon as possible the ruined desert around them is a heck of a lot better off than the South Bay region of LA In fact I d take a day in the oil field over a day on Torrance Beach Boardwalk without a second thought This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 31 2014 by slowwatermovement Water Down the Gutter by slowwatermovement Leave a reply So after our wedding and our travels out West followed by being part of our friends wedding things are finally settling down While out west we traveled from California through Nevada and Idaho to Yellowstone and then south through Wyoming Colorado and Utah and back through southern Nevada to California As expected the transition from wet Vermont to the dry West was a dramatic one but what was not expected was that our first leg of the trip took place under a strong monsoon surge The weather ended up not unlike Vermont s weather albeit not quite as humid periods of light rain and cool weather afternoon thunderstorms including some very heavy downpours and even a dusting of snow and or hail on the very top of White Mountain the one in California I ll most likely have a few posts to share about our travels but what seems most immediate is a short observation on California s drought In light of reading this blog post about LA killing off the Lone Pine of Lone Pine or at least its latest incarnation the use of water in southern California comes to mind Apparently water use has actually increased in light of the recent drought although at

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