Category: Environment


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.

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…

Snow today

The forecast   is calling for a 50% chance of serious snowfall starting this morning. Warmer temperatures  will revert to near double digits minus C by Saturday.

Comments by people  range from distaste for winter to its ok I was in Mexico for a month.

Check the weather as directly as you can before engaging .

On this Day: March 2nd 1717

The first ballet is performed  in England.

Snow and driving rain…

 File: Photo: KDG


File: Photo: KDG

The temperature in Merritt ( 700 meters above sea level) is -7 Celsius. However there must be some warm upper level trough as freezing rain is spitting on the ground. A traveler at Starbucks said that the freeway to Hope is closed till at least 2PM this afternoon. Unconfirmed: he saw a half dozen vehicles in the ditch after having difficulty with freezing rain.
The freeways have video cams at the summit, and once again we recommend that you do not do unnecessary driving when winter conditions are in effect. The Coquihalla highway to the Okanagan was designated as a road way subject to quick on set of unfavorable conditions.

That said it is about an hour under best conditions from Hope to Merritt.

There is public weather alerts at:

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc  and Drive BC has highway cams for your safety and convenience.

On this Day: February 9th 1971
Apollo 14 returns from the moon. from their 9 day trip.

TGIF-Snow again

Snow and cold back the day after ground hog day. Photo KDG

Snow and cold back the day after ground hog day.
Photo KDG

On this day: February 3rd  1995

Eileen Collins becomes the first women to pilot the space shuttle.

Finished

One of 8 volumes of the environmental assessment. for the Lower Mainland 500 KV line. Hard copy at Public library. File Photo :KDG

One of 8 volumes of the environmental assessment. for the Lower Mainland 500 KV line. Hard copy at Public library.
File Photo :KDG

The completed work saw a 3rd lower mainland 500 KV line go through Merritt on its way to the Lower Mainland from Revelstoke. The project had rigorous permitting process and is complete since last year including a new substation here in Merritt .

The local 200 million dollar Green energy project is delayed opening until next fall a full year past the expected time. Something a private operation trys  to avoid.

At this writing a small piece of the 138 KV line at central park is going underground. the poles it will be replacing were placed  next to a housing walled community and a golf course.

On this Day: January 26th 1992

Russia announces that they are no longer targeting the west with missiles.

Regulation and self government, CEPA

Pipe for oil field File:Photo KDG

Pipe for oil field
File:Photo KDG

Drilling equipment for dewatering Photo KDG

Drilling equipment for dewatering
File Photo KDG

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Assc. has been working to see better conditions for pipeline activities. The self governing body has as a member the Trans Mountain pipeline group and they have reported on successful lobbying to provide   assurance to concerned people that delivery of  oil from Alberta is well regulated and safe.Yesterday the CBC reported that BC is satisfied with the environmental  provisions of the approved expansion.

The international pipeline conference.

Pipeline professionals, engineers and scientists gathered to talk about leadership and innovation and to share insights into the future of the industry. Among other things, we saw that the importance of communication and sustainability is a key focus for our industry.

Inspector  certification

CEPA has been working with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the INGAA Foundation, to develop a pipeline inspector certification program. The program will give a consistent framework for inspector training programs across North America.  Source: Trans Mountain Pipeline.

The CEPA has also been involved in local fire chief certification and  the using their members mandate  to get legislation that makes polluter pay the law on right of way properties along pipelines.

Its been four and a half decades since we first saw locals here in the interior of BC take up jobs exploring for tar sands in northern Alberta some of them have passed on after spending a good part of their life in the exploration and development of a resource for future generations. Companies like Tonto Drilling and Connors Drilling, and the engineering supervision that gave that first drive for a better life have been absorbed and fractured into a different lifestyle today.

Wages for a stand up citizenry were more the focus then . A global corporate structure demands more today.It  is still desirable that a big share go to the individuals that command a wage  reflecting the status of working people who will live here and contribute time and talent to the future  of the community.

Pipe File photo KDG

Pipe
File photo KDG

You can learn more : http://www.cepa.com/en/

On this Day: January 12th 1998

Nineteen European nations agree to ban human cloning.

 

 

 

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