Boreal Forest Monday


Global warming dramatically changing Alaska’s landscape.

Under the choking black smoke from the bog and forest fires in Siberia and Alaska, it can feel like the Earth itself is burning. The normally moist, black organic peat soil and lush forests have been drying, and when they catch fire, they burn relentlessly.

Global warming has been thawing tundra and drying vast stretches of the far-northern boreal forests, and it also has spurred more thunderstorms with lightning, which triggered many of the fires burning in Alaska this year, said Brian Brettschneider, a climate scientist with the International Arctic Research Center who closely tracks Alaskan and Arctic extreme weather.

So far this year, wildfires have scorched more than 1.2 million acres in Alaska, making it one of the state’s three biggest fire years on record to this date, with high fire danger expected to persist in the weeks ahead.

Several studies, as well as ongoing satellite monitoring, show that fires are spreading farther north into the Arctic, burning more intensely and starting earlier in the year, in line with what climate models have long suggested would happen as sea ice dwindles and ocean and air temperatures rise.




Wedding #1

Wedding #2

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14 Responses to Boreal Forest Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Told ya so…


  2. David B. Benson says:



  3. Carol says:

    Those fires, terrible. Nothing we can do about anything as long as good guys are kept out of office. Right now, climate is ignored.


  4. Carol says:

    Those wave-like clouds were cool!

    The article Micki posted about the black astronaut, Ed Dwight. What a coincidence. I’ve been watching a documentary about our space program from the beginning, it’s several episodes and last night they brought up Ed Dwight.

    I’ll haven’t started the next 2 hour episode where they’ll tell me what happened. I kind of know what happened, but there’s more for them to explain.

    Can’t wait to tell Jill tomorrow about tainted alcohol in Costa Rica. They went to the Dominican Republic twice but won’t go back. Sara scoffs at us, saying there are deaths at all kinds of resorts, etc., they just don’t get the publicity the Dominican Republic has been getting.

    But then I say, two people visiting together die, both of them?


  5. Micki says:

    This can’t be all laid at the feet of the current crop of “bad guys” in office. Climate was ignored to one degree or another (no pun intended) across the political spectrum for YEARS. Yes, ignorance is rampant and accepted in certain quarters now…but millions of people haven’t wanted to face the reality of climate change since respectable scientists warned of it, decades ago!

    This article that DEN posted today, is one of the starkest, saddest I’ve ever read on the topic.

    What have we wrought? We have failed.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    A robin on a lawn. Smaller birds in a tree. Rocks showing in the river. A helpful breeze. Around counterclockwise to the Tokyo Seoul in 56 minutes.


  7. Carol says:

    The Wedding: It wasn’t as hot that morning or afternoon as it had been, but it was still hot and humid. That damn humidity. Washed/dried my hair, combed/sprayed, I wasn’t walking around the tent, walking to Jill’s house to take pictures even 10 minutes before my head was soaked. I looked awful the entire day and night, oh well.

    Other than the mother-of-the-bride looking like she just got rained on, the wedding ceremony and the dinner and party went well. Pete ran his butt off as the official DJ and the official photographer. He did great doing both jobs.

    The ceremony was in her “secret room.” Chairs were in that area and a HUGE barn door where the couple would stand. It had a rope of white flowers on one end, it looked beautiful. That’s where Tina married them. The ceremony was perfect. Tina did all the talking and brought up the people who couldn’t be there, like Bob and my friend Diane, Sara and Nancy’s dad, one of her 4 best friend’s dads.. Forgot to mention Tina called Jill’s 4 best friends up to stand behind Jill.

    Yeah, I got choked up, *sniff*.

    The happy couple walked down the aisle out of the secret room, my brother-in-law, me and Brian’s parents walked out next and stood next to Brian and Jill. A receiving line. Everyone filed out of the secret room, I had to talk to EVERYbody, and had to meet a slew of Brian’s relatives. It’s a big family, his mother alone comes from a family of 5 girls. I don’t know if there are any brothers. I think his dad has a few siblings, too.

    It was hot standing there, no breeze and I continued to sweat. I brought sweat bands with me, I shouldn’t have left the house that afternoon w/o wearing one, lol.

    After that, everyone wandered under the tent, got something to drink, the caterers were busy setting up the food, everyone found a seat at the tables, everyone was enjoying themselves socializing and woosh, a big wind started up! Pete had set up Sara’s white tent next to the barn, they staked it to the ground, and there is was, blowing away behind the barn, several men running after it! It was saved.

    Then it started to rain. Rained pretty hard, they pulled the tent walls down on one in a couple areas but not on the side I was sitting on by Bob’s relatives. The last two chairs were getting wet, had to stand up and move inside. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last but maybe 10 minutes and that was that. The rest of the day and evening were good, the temperature had dropped 20 degrees!

    It was such a stroke of luck that the wind and rain didn’t appear when we were all out in the open in the secret room. That would have been awful.

    I danced, swore I wouldn’t, but man, hear the right song, the right beat, something Disco will REALLY get me on my feet, so I danced quite a bit. Not all at once, had to rest not being a spring chicken. After awhile I could feel my legs starting to weaken so I quit dancing and just sat, didn’t want to push my luck. When I went to bed that night, my legs and lower back were…uncomfortable. It was hard to stay asleep, I woke up twice, something I never do during the night.

    Sunday, went over to Jill’s to watch Brian’s parents and sister and her husband, and Brian, and Jill, clean up the place, collapse tables, chairs, put chairs in pillow cases, load up everything in Brian’s trailer to return to the rental place. Brian’s mom and dad had brought a bunch of Subway subs, mmm. I haven’t had a Subway Italian Sub in ages, I ate both halfs, lol.

    Today, legs in much better shape and I spent a couple hours outside, pruning, loading up the pruning in my cart and driving them to the front of the house for my tree people when they come next Monday. Then I stood at the kitchen sink, working on food for probably an hour. Went for my walk later, legs not as good as they were on full-out Prednisone, but good enough. I’m down to a half a pill, two more days of half pills and I’m done. Allergist appointment is August 5.

    Jill and Brian looked beautiful, and beautiful together. They match, LOL…that made me laugh, but it’s true. They look like they were made for each other. You’ll see, I sent two pictures to Den to put up here for you guys to see.

    I better go get my shower over with.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    “In the time it takes to read this sentence, every cell in your body suffers some form of DNA damage.” Fortunately there is a repair crew always on duty.


  9. Den says:

    A handsome couple indeed, CHEERS!!

    Just got back online, felt like shit all day quite possibly from not leaving one since the fall. Colonic day tomorrow to force the subject.

    No good deed goes unpunished, sentence to be determined at a later date.


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