This storm took a while to leave the north side of RMP, leaving a few more inches. The next chance for snow happens on Sunday.
HN24/H20 2 day total
Monument 6.5”/0.35” 8″/0.5″
RMP 3”/0.3” 7″/0.65″
Molas 0.5”/.05” 4.5″/0.35″
Coal Bank 1.75”/0.15” 12.25″/0.6″
To be governor of Colorado right now is to think a lot about wildfire. For Governor John Hickenlooper, it’s meant traveling to the scene of these disasters and reviewing fire policy. He joins Ryan Warner for CPR’s regular conversation.
Just out of the womb.
1st ski trip to the mountains.
Billy (on left) with local homeboys.
The domestique after a hard day.
Commiserating with The Orange Welfare
In the late 19th century, scores of celebrated, valorous explorers attempted to reach the North Pole. Groups of explorers from the U.S., Europe and Scandinavia invented clever new equipment, raised money, stirred national pride and enthralled the world by attempting to march, sail or sled to the most cold, remote and unseen place on Earth.
But it was a perilous business: Of the 1,000 people who tried to reach the North Pole in the late 1800s, 751 died during their attempt, author Alec Wilkinson tells NPR’s Scott Simon.
One Swedish man named S.A. Andree decided to try to fly above all that. In 1897, Andree and his crew of two — Nils Strindberg and Knut Fraenkel — set out for the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. The story of their journey and that age of Arctic exploration is told in Wilkinson’s new book, The Ice Balloon.
The current “Dry Slot” 09:30/10-5-2011
The upper level closed low on our doorstep will be upon us this afternoon. Currently we’re in a dry slot that will soon move east as the Pacific storm begins to affect southwest Colorado. This storm has brought a NWS “Winter Storm Warning” and will affect the area Wednesday evening through Friday morning.
The cold front will enter Colorado by sunrise Thursday supported by a strong jet pushing good orographic lift on southwest flow. It will bring decent snow to the San Juans favoring RMP and south with up to a foot of snow.
Snow levels should start around 9,000′ tomorrow morning then may drop to 6-7000′ by evening along with a probable killing freeze for our beautiful summer gardens, but shouldn’t stick with stored warmth in the ground. As the closed low exits on Friday we’ll see trailing energy and possible wraparound precipitation on our side (N.) of the mountains. By Sunday the storm energy will have passed, replaced with drying conditions.
In 1998, a deep freeze devastated the orange crop in California’s large, flat Central Valley and, according to photographer Matt Black, 10,000 people lost their jobs — many of them migrant workers. It was while photographing the aftermath that he came across something unexpected: the sound of Mixtec, a pre-Columbian indigenous dialect from Mexico.
Intrigued by this obscure language and culture, Black traveled to the source in Mexico — more than 10 times — to better understand who the Mixteca are and what they are doing in California. In his words:
Named the “Place of the Cloud People” by the Aztecs and home to one of the oldest pre-Columbian cultures in the Americas, the Mixteca have lost over a quarter-million people to migration, leaving scores of villages little more than ghost towns.
His project explores the many complex socioeconomic questions surrounding migration and leaves one wondering: Can small, isolated communities continue to exist in our modern world? Can identity live on in a ghost town? Can a culture itself emigrate?
Isabel Allende’s appeal as a novelist hasn’t just been her fascinating background — she grew up in Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Lebanon and was the cousin of deposed Chilean President Salvador Allende — but also her lyrical, enchanting narrative style, at times a kind of Day-Glo version of magical realism. Her latest novel, Island Beneath the Sea, is a sprawling, multifaceted historical epic, like her 1982 best-seller, The House of Spirits, and her underrated Ines of My Soul. Island Beneath the Sea follows a young woman born into slavery, Tete, and her master, Toulouse Valmorain, through Haiti and New Orleans, over several years. While Allende has always been comfortable chronicling grand passion and deep love, she’s at her best here when she’s angry — her descriptions of the treatment of Valmorain’s slaves, particularly the sexual assault of Tete, are shocking. At its best, Island Beneath the Seais elegant, moving and infused with a real sense of loss.
TOP GROOMING RE’POR MAY (yes) MAY11, 2011
Otis Redding‘s 1966 recording of “Try a Little Tenderness” is an American classic, but not just because of Redding’s spirited vocals. Backing him up on that song are Booker T. and the MGs, who produced countless soul hits in 1960s Memphis as the house band for Stax Records. Decades later, bandleader Booker T. Jones still has Memphis on the brain.
“Memphis is one of those unique places on the planet where certain amazing energies accumulate,” Jones tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer. “People are born there who have extraordinary musical talent.”
Jones’ new solo album, The Road From Memphis, assembles talent from all over the country. Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket and Matt Berninger of The National all contribute guest vocals; members of The Roots, perhaps this generation’s biggest house band, provide instrumental muscle. The songs, however, are firmly situated in the time and place of Jones’ upbringing, often calling out landmarks by name.
Robyn Hasty has a notion to travel the country “documenting the collapse of the American economy,” as she writes on her website. For that sort of endeavor, you need two obvious things: a car and a camera. She has the car part down. But there are two minor setbacks: She actually doesn’t consider herself a photographer.
Posting resumes today. Jerry
“This is very important — to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you’re gonna lose everything…just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That’s why they’re all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.”
— Charles Bukowski
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgKAOdPx58&feature=related Movie trailer, ‘Bar Fly’ . A biopic of Mr. Bukowski’s life.