Sunday Fringes

THE NITROGEN FRINGE: For weeks, aurora tour guide Rayann Elzein of Utsjoki, Finland has dreaded the end of aurora season. If this was it, it was a doozy. “I have almost no words to describe what I saw tonight!” he says. “There was a crazy, fast and bright aurora show, with many pink fringes, almost nonstop for 45 minutes.”

This is a “nitrogen fringe.” Most auroras are green–the color of oxygen atoms struck by energetic particles from space between 100 km and 300 km above Earth’s surface. Pink appears when energetic particles descend lower than usual, striking nitrogen molecules at the 100 km level and below.

“I hiked up a fell here in Utsjoki in the Finnish Lapland, and while standing on the summit, I felt as if I could almost touch the aurora. This was a very special moment for me. Wow, what a night, almost at the very end of our aurora season!”


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24 Responses to Sunday Fringes

  1. Den says:

    I like auroras, one of the few reasons to like Northern MN, watching them.


  2. Micki says:

    But, on the “other” topic…

    Whatcom County is up to 224 positives today…up from 199 announced on Saturday.


  3. Micki says:

    ..and on another “topic” — that Shuksan Health *Warehouse* in Bellingham that is our iteration of the Life Care Center in Kirkland, near Seattle.


    Shuksan, we find out, is $2 million in arrears for back taxes, lease payments, vendor payments, and employee health insurance premiums.

    The pharmacy that provided the WAREHOUSE medications notified Shuksan they would no longer be a vendor w/o immediate payment….somehow Shuksan ownership coughed up $57,000. But, they are still in arrears.

    They have multiple “immediate jeopardy” violations against them.

    This is what happens when regulatory oversight is ineffective. CMS is asleep at the wheel…and apparently our state regulatory systems are too!

    Cue “CAROL…. DOOMED!!!!!


    • Carol says:

      Another way we’re doomed. Doom is around every corner, in every agency, every rich business…

      Doomed is also the way we treat Cuba. I watched a Frontline this afternoon about Cuba and cancer. They have treatments that work, but of course, we’re not interested, because Merica. We’d rather let citizens die rather than give up on keeping Cuba at arm’s length. We’re brilliant, look who the president is!


  4. Micki says:

    If it can happen at Pullman General….it can happen anywhere…



  5. David B Benson says:

    Cloudy, 9 pedestrians, 1 bicyclist and 2 busses; a pickup truck moving possessions out; 35 minutes.


  6. David B Benson says:

    For the USA:

    From a professional modeler @ the University of Washington.


  7. Micki says:

    Say what you like about the monarchy…but I found the Queen’s remarks quite moving.


  8. Carol says:

    All I do i s read, I’ve no time for more reading. Wish I did though.

    My eye is terrible today. If I look through only my left eye, I can only see through the bottom half. It wasn’t this bad when I got the first injections. Googled LOEye, they open at 7:00 a.m.

    I’ve been brave today in the sense as much as I wanted to burst into tears, I did not. I’ll save it for tomorrow when he tells me my retina detached and there’s nothing they can do for me. 😦


    • Micki says:

      Oh, Carol…I hope whatever it is, it won’t be as bad as you imagine it is. But, I can imagine how concerned you are!!!I know how much you enjoy your activities…requiring YOUR EYES!! I’m thinking of you and hoping you get some relief. I know one thing…you’re feisty!


    • Den says:

      The staff here @ DWF wish Carol the best in her pursuit of good eyesight.

      As we all careen down the same road into the geriatric stage of life…


  9. Micki says:

    If it’s not one thing, it’s another!

    A tiger at the Bronx zoo has been confirmed to be infected with Covid-19, in what is believed to be a case of what one official called “human-to-cat transmission.”

    “This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with Covid-19,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which noted that although only one tiger was tested, the virus appeared to have infected other animals as well.

    “Several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness,” according to a statement by the Agriculture Department.

    Public health officials believe that the large cats caught the virus from a zoo employee. The tiger appeared visibly sick by March 27.

    In a statement, the Agriculture Department suggested that those infected with the virus should, “out of an abundance of caution,” avoid contact with their pets and other animals.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that it is “aware of a very small number of pets outside the United States reported to be infected,” but that it does not have evidence that pets can spread the coronavirus.


  10. Micki says:

    Washington passes 7,900 COVID-19 cases, reaches 338 deaths

    The Washington State Department of Health reported 393 new COVID-19 cases and 28 additional deaths on Sunday. Statewide totals are up to 7,984 cases


  11. David B Benson says:

    Can I comment?



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