Category: Technology


Harvest moon

MOON

Moon rising
File photo KDG

Tonight will see an October full moon. Moons at this time are known as harvest moons as the ability to work into the night at harvest was a boon for farmers.
The moon will be full at 8:40:08 Central European Time or 11:40:08 Pacific Daylight Time.

On this Day: October 5th 1970
PBS is organized.

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Grasslands of Merritt BC Canada

Hay bale: File Photo KDG

Merritt BC has a huge impact on the province because of grasslands. It is the biggest part of the Southern Interior Uplands region (185 thousand hectors  of grasslands in The British Columbia Grasslands Conservation Councils operations.

The Southern Thompson Upland is the rolling plateau area south of the Thompson River and bounded by the Fraser River valley in the west, the Okanagan valley in the east and the Similkameen River valley in the south. Almost 75% of the grasslands occur in the Interior Douglas-fir zone and 20% in the Bunchgrass zone. Over 85% of all the grasslands are found in the Nicola Valley with smaller areas around Princeton, at Tunkwa Lake and in the Mamit valley. Variations in the grassland species throughout the plateau reflect influences from the surrounding large valleys.

Douglas lake cattle company is a major operation with cattle  in the grasslands and is positioned n the watershed above Merritt. The Douglas through Nicola lakes by the Nicola river drains a major highland plateau. The area also supplys a history back to european contact and province building under BCs first British Governor  James Douglas.

The largest area of grasslands is located in the Nicola Basin area east of Merritt and extending north towards Kamloops. This area matches the extent of the Glacial Lake Merritt that drained north towards the Thompson River. A smaller area of grasslands around Princeton covers another former glacial lake that occupied the Similkameen valley. source GCCofBC

The local Nicola Naturalists  have had a serious concern for the grasslands of the Valley. since 2010 they have had fall and winter meeting, spring outings, Christmas bird counts, Frog surveys and many other activities in respect to the land and creatures. They usually meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting in September.  Alan Burger contact UVic.

On  this  Day: September 19th 1970

The first Glastonbury festival is held.

 

 

TGIF-September 22 equinox-Indigenous summer?

Red Sky in the evening
File Photo KDG

Twelve  hours of light 12 hours dark, dark starts to win after September 22:

 The knowledge that summer is gone – and winter is coming – is everywhere now, on the northern half of Earth’s globe.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets.

Also notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day. You’ll find it’s shifting toward the south. Birds and butterflies are migrating southward, too, along with the path of the sun.

The shorter days are bringing cooler weather. A chill is in the air. In New York City and other fashionable places, people have stopped wearing white. Creatures of the wild are putting on their winter coats. source: Earth Sky News

On this Day: September 15th 1816
HMS Whiting runs aground on the Doom Bar (Dunbar)

TGIF- Rain

 

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A move to the right shows level of water tables.


the skies are clear of smoke here in Merritt at this writing. We have experienced a long high pressure front keeping it from measurable rain.
Sunday there is a 60 percent chance of measurable ( 5 MM) forecast) people are looking forward to the rain even though the weather has been glorious here. ( except for smoke from the elephant hill fire in Ashcroft)
Have a great weekend!

On this Day: August 11th 2003

Nato takes on Afganistan its first operation outside Europe in its 54 years.

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broken sign no contract….
Photo KDG

The gasoline price is at $1.10.9 cents a liter today a day before the long week end starts. The price represents a stable driving season and a management attitude by consumers. The absence of the McMurray fire this year may have  something to do with it and the Shell Station off Belshaw Avenue has not gone without supply as yet this season as was the case last season. At this writing a fuel truck is delivering there for the weekend.

The drought sign has gone up from normal meaning conditions are dryer act accordingly.

Gas buddy says that all  Merritt gas stations are on price. The average price is $1.22.3 and the lowest is 94.9 in BC. Trending up…

 

On this Day: August 3rd 1859
The American Dental association is founded.

 

TGIF-windmill a long road

Heinz Lange big onion windmill.
File Photo KDG

Windmills have been a fascination for a long time. Here is one developed by a local to power aerators and marker lights decades ago.. The local Heinz Lange was a high school shop teacher and this working model was built by  his shop class…
The engineering includes  heavy steel plate to give a stable platform, The creator had a difficult time in the 1980s to overcome the use of fuels in applications. Watts per meter is a concern still. Perseverance starts somewhere Today wind farms are a presence.

The Merritt area has 5 generators of f off the Connector to Kelowna  that can be seen past the Elkhart turn off.. The modern ones can give power to 2500 homes.
Wind generators give five percent of the power in Ontario. The province has nearly 2500 wind turbines in 90 installations. Average output per turbine 1.94 MG.

Thanks to Murphy Shewchuck and Tom Edwards of the Nicola Valley Historical Society that installed Heinz’s “Onion” for viewing at its site on Voght street in before the Nicola River bridge in Merritt.
On this Day: July 28th 1939
The Sutton Hoo helmet is found.

Construction supervision…????

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A four point male mule deer sits on a construction site on Sunday seemingly habituated. according to Paul a rod and gun club member th velvet will be gone in a month and breeding will begin. A counter person in a sports store says that they will freeze and rely on no movement to hide them. Perhaps he thinks we looks like a pile of lumber.

In addition to movements related to available shelter and food, the breeding cycle is important in understanding deer behavior. The “rut” or mating season usually begins in the fall as does go into estrus for a period of a few days and males become more aggressive, competing for mates. Does may mate with more than one buck and go back into estrus within a month if they did not become pregnant. The gestation period is about 190–200 days, with fawns born in the spring, staying with their mothers during the summer and being weaned in the fall after about 60–75 days. Mule deer females usually give birth to two fawns, although if it is their first time having a fawn, they often have just one.[ Source Wikipedia

On this Day: July 25th  1837

the first commercial telegraph signal is demonstrated.

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Rain

coastal rain and gulls

The forecast for todays rain is up to 1 millimeter from trace. Last night there was heavy black cloud and it spit a few drops of rain about 8 PM.
There is also a 40 percent chance on next Tuesday. But it remains a little amount, none of the cloud bursts we are used to after a hot spell. However there has been no thunder or lightning at this writing 1:50 PM.
Yesterday the provincial government extended the state of emergency for two weeks. at this writing there is no smoke in the Nicola Valley.

From time to time we get coastal weather here it brings gulls from the ocean as these ones above that were in Voght park after a weather wet front passed through from the coast.

On this Day: July 20th 2015
The US and Cuba resume diplomatic relations without reservation.

Invasive, biological insect control

 

Any one following this?
File photo KDG

Tired of thistles?

The Regional District had a booth at the spring festival last week, it was about invasive weed and plant control.
Herbicide free options include insect introduction to deal with :

  • Diffuse Knapweed
    Spotted Knapweed
  • Dalmatian toadflax
  • Hounds Tongue
  • Leafy spurge
  • St. Johns Wort
  • Thistles ( select species)

Merritt is circled by a large rural population of land holders, maybe you might not be using insects to control weeds but your friends may want to . Also in the city there are bylaws against bad weeds over a certain height and they need to be removed by cutting if necessary. To that end the TNRD is having a long term strategy to control select invasive species with insects.

An assessment of your property is available by contacting the TNRD   They say that free insects are on a first come first serve basis.

On this Day: May 31st 1977

The Trans Alaska pipeline is finished.

April brings snow to the Nicola Valley

April brought snow on the weekend.
Photo KDG

The weekend saw snow come with April.  The Snow is gone now and hydro crews working in Central park on Monday said that the water has broken through  the ground where they had been waiting for frost to go out so they could landscape ground around the burial cable they installed in the fall.

The tulips are pushing up ,some are 6 inchs tall never seems to change for Easter as it is coordinated by the last full moon of March.

Tulips

On this Day: April 5th 2010

Twenty nine coal miners die in an explosion in West Virginia.

WWWater Day

Today is World Water Day, and its been that way since 1933. Fresh water accounts for a few percent of the water on earth but is crucial to our existence, aqueducts, dams, ditching, wells, reservoirs, plumbing, pools. ponds, (had to throw in an alliteration), troughs, tubs, tanks it goes on like a modern calculus equation. The point is when we pew in our water or worse we better have a way of dealing with it before it comes back to haunt us.
Water is life and life is water your life and mine…

And where would we be without ice?

On this Day: March 22 1894
Ice hockey’s Stanley Cup is first played for.

The Cold water river, Merritt BC mid July/15
File;Photo KDG

] Nicola River. Merritt BC… Rain…

Happy Pi Day!

100 puzzle pieces, one hundred bird extinctions since 1600 What’s the circumference of this circle, you Pie guys…
 File Photo KDG

Pi Day the mathematical equation for circles Pi r squared is a fascination of many math observers. A day of observance was supported by the Us congress in 2009 making March 14th an annual event.

Pi Day has been observed in many ways, including eating pie, throwing pies and discussing the significance of the number π, due to a pun based on the words “pi” and “pie” being homophones in English. source Wikipedia

On this Day: March 14th  1592

Ultimate  Pi Day gives the  biggest Julian calendar  correlation of Pi since adoption.

 

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