A Megathrust Earthquake And Tsunami off Chile!
Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:24 p.m. The port town of Coquimbo, Chile after the earthquake and tsunami. Credit: Wikimedia User Sfs90 Chile is hands-down the most active place in the world when it comes to megathrust earthquakes. Three of the past six megathrust (subduction zone earthquakes over moment magnitude 8) earthquakes have been in... read more ❯
Our Beloved Salmon
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:27 pm Spawning Coho Salmon on the Sol Duc River. Credit: National Park Service Things were never looking good for our beloved salmon this year. I've been a fisherman all my life (I actually just got back from catching a bunch of albacore tuna off the Washington Coast), so I... read more ❯
My Fall Forecast
Sunday, September 13, 2015 5:19 pm If you ask an astronomer when summer ends, they'll tell you "September 23." That is the date of the autumnal equinox, the date when the day and night are approximately equal in length (the day is always a couple minutes longer because the sun does not... read more ❯
The Most Intense Summer Storm on Record
Monday, August 31, 2015 1:14 pm I'll just cut to the chase here... Saturday's storm destroyed my weather station at our house on Whidbey Island. Before the storm, there were three cups on the anemometer. Now, there are two, and the station is not reporting. It was never very reliable anyway, but... read more ❯
In With The Rains, Out With The Flames
Friday, August 28, 2015 11:36 pm Most of our wildfires are actually started by lightning, but that doesn't mean you can have a tannerite party during a red flag warning., Hey everybody! I’m finally back from summer camp, and while I had an amazing time there, I am very excited to sleep in my... read more ❯
Heavy Rains Friday
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 10:18 pm Hello everybody! I have a day off from my counselor duties at Hidden Valley Camp so I thought I'd go ahead and write a blog about the upcoming rains later this week. We could get dumped on Friday, but there's still a lot of uncertainty. The weather... read more ❯
Why Such a Hot Summer?
Saturday, July 11, 2015 5:04 pm Check them out! http://www.hvc-wa.com/ Hello everybody! I've been living in the woods for the past 3+ weeks up near Granite Falls, Washington, and there ain't no WIFI in the woods, so that's why the blogs have temporarily ceased. But right now, I am just relaxing at home, as I have a... read more ❯
The Nepal Earthquake Part 2: Earthquake Types
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:38 pm Comparison photographs taken from the same location on 4th Avenue near the intersection with C Street and looking west. Red arrows point to the west wall of the Army Navy store in both images. (Top photograph  from U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, ID aeq00045; bottom... read more ❯
The Nepal Earthquake Part 1: Plate Tectonics
May 7, 2015 12:28 pm I still remember the Nisqually Earthquake of 2001. Ironically enough, we had just finished an "earthquake drill" when our second-grade teacher shouted "Earthquake! For real!" We all immediately bolted under our desks, not necessarily because we were concerned about falling debris, but because we just liked bolting... read more ❯
Tropical Storm "Dolphin" Near Pohnpei, Micronesia!
Saturday, May 9, 2015 11:46 pm Me in a mangrove forest as part of a UW study abroad trip in Pohnpei, Micronesia during the summer of 2013. Almost two years ago, I went on a UW study abroad trip to Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia to learn about coastal ecosystems, and... read more ❯