Tar and Abby

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Update Mystery Ash/Rain

From our paper -
"There may still be debate on the origins of the “milky rain” that fell on the Tri-Cities Feb. 6, but the Benton Clean Air Agency now knows what was in it.
A sample sent for testing included sodium, silicon and trace amounts of aluminum, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese. There also was a trace of organic carbon.
“Nothing in the sample suggests that a public health risk existed during or after the event,” the agency said.
A leading theory, put forth by a Washington State University meteorologist, is that hurricane-force winds whipped across the Summer Lake region in south-central Oregon, picking up dry, light-colored sands and soils that were carried by strong winds to the north. The ancient lake has alkali beds.
The dust plume blew over the Tri-Cities, where rain deposited milky drops on cars and houses.
However, WSU meteorologist Nic Loyd said interpreting the sample results to tie them to a particular place was out of his area of expertise.
Other possibilities raised by different agencies included that the milky rain came from ash from a distant volcanic eruption, from dust storms in the Middle East or from a large storm that hit northwest Nevada."

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/02/27/3432174/samples-show-tri-cities-milky.html#storylink=cpy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Practice pod goes over the falls

Today they sent the practice tsunami pod over the falls.
The plan is for a manned pod to go over in April.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If it is there - we will try something crazy...

This is Palouse Falls. About half way between here and where youngest goes to school.
Very pretty, very dangerous.
There are plans to send a test tsunami pod over it. The local search and rescue team has
been recruited to be on stand by in case something goes wrong. And A LOT can go wrong.
Just reading thru this article in the paper gives you the heebie jeebies.
I guess it is the ultimate test (lest they try Niagara Falls after it thaws). Not sure how it mimics
a tsunami but they are kind of hard to find to test in.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chinese space junk overhead

and we missed it!
About 10pm it came over our area.
This is a ten second exposure. Picture from our paper.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Adding insult to injury....

From one of my favorite Facebook follows - Meanwhile in Canada

Friday, February 20, 2015

tonight's moon

Taken locally and posted on Facebook.

This morning's coffee spit take -

Headline on the local NBC webpage:

Proposal to Eleminate Statewide Exams as Graduation Requirement


Okay, so maybe this isn't such a good idea....