Category Archives: Phenomenon

Mauna Kea Gemini Telescope Contributes to Discovery of 10th Planet Xena (2003 UB313)

Various publications report the Gemini Telescope is associated with the discovery of the Solar System’s 10th planet now dubbed Xena.

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USGS Lists 169 Volcanoes That Need to Be Watched

Spatial News reports the USGS has issued it first list of 169 U.S. volcanoes that need to be monitored through its National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS) .

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Mount Washington Auto Road Plans May 8 Opening

The Union Leader reports the Mount Washington Auto Road plans to open May 8. which is relatively early. In the past the Auto Road has been opened as late as July 4.

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Heavy Snows Reopen Northwest Ski Resorts for First Time Since January

Nearly two feet of snow in the past two weeks have opened Northwest Ski Resorts for the first time since mid-January in this year’s record low snow. Ironically March 31 is the last date that Snotel traditionally measures snowpack. The … Continue reading

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Only 3 Feet of Snow Remains at Paradise in Record Dry Year

There have been a lot of articles about the record low snowpack on Rainier and the Pacific Northwest including Hood while California is having near record excess snowpack (leading to a very rare blossoming Death Valley). AP notes the snowpack … Continue reading

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NASA Seeks Help Identifying UFO Over Haleakala and Mauna Kea

The astronomy obsessed Hawaii is buzzing over a UFO over Mauna Kea and Haleakala on December 17, 2004. A moving image of the UFO (380K) was published as NASA’s photo of the day today (Feb. 8). Officials ruled out known … Continue reading

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Sumatra 9.0 Quake Set Off Quakes a Record 7,000 Miles Away on Mount Wrangell in Alaska

Sitnews reports that the 9.0 Sumatra earthquake that touched off the Boxing Day Tidal initiated 12 tiny earthquakes on Mount Wrangell, the 14,163 foot volcano in Alaska. Authorities believe this would be the longest documented reported of related quakes (7,000 … Continue reading

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Concern for Horrific Fire Season as Mount Hood Snow Pack is Third Worst in History

KGW reports hydrologists are very concerned about a horrific fire season this summer as the snow pack on Mount Hood (and the Northwest in general) is the third lowest in recorded history. Snow packs in the Willamette basin went from … Continue reading

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11 Boy Scouts and 3 Searchers Hospitalized With Frostbite at Grayson Highlands

The Daily Press reports that 11 Boy Scouts and 3 rescuers were hospitalized with frostbite and hypothermia after being caught in a blizzard with subzero temperatures at Grayson Highlands State Park. Rescuers had to cut the laces off the Scouts … Continue reading

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Pineapple Express Closes Most Ski Resorts in Washington

The Seattle Post-Intelligncer reports that most Washington ski resorts (including most on Raineir except Crystal) have closed because unseasonably warm temp and 7 inch rains have almost eliminated their snowpack. The resorts opened late (last week of December) because of … Continue reading

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Lack of Attention to 1983 Borah Earthquake Raised in Idaho Gold Mine Controversy

The Boise Weekly reports Idaho has received its first application in more than 10 years for a new cyanidation gold mining facility. Desert Mineral Mining’s proposed small facility is located a 15-mile crow’s flight from downtown Boise off of Blacks … Continue reading

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13,000 Earthquakes in Hawaii in 2004 (average is 10,000)

The Honolulu Advertiser reports that there were 13,000 earthquakes were recorded in 2004 by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, only three were greater than magnitude 4. The average is 10,000 but Observatory seismologist Paul Okubo said there were … Continue reading

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Subzero Temps/80 mph Winds Drop Foot of Snow on Mauna Kea

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that storms with subzero temperatures and 80 mph winds dumped 6 to 12 inches of snow on the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa summits prompting closing of the road. The storms also resulted in 30 … Continue reading

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Mount Hood Snowpack 21% Of Normal (More Dry Weather Predicted in 2005)

An article in Columbian.com notes that the official snow measuring station on Mount Hood shows 30 inches of snow which is 21% of average for this time of year. Statewide Washington shows snowpack 38% of normal and Oregon is 46%. … Continue reading

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Study: Yellowstone Earthquakes Peak in Late Spring/Early Summer (snow melt cause suspected)

An AP article published in the Billings Gazette and other publications notes that most of Yellowstone’s earthquakes occur in late spring and early summer. The study by Lizet Christiansen of the U.S. Geological Survey suspects that snow melt is responsible. … Continue reading

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