Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
DOINews: New Online Tool Connects Climate Information, Data and Tools with User Needs
Last edited 4/26/2016
The Southwest Climate and Environmental Information Collaborative (SCENIC), a new online application, provides access to climate data, analysis tools, and other climate and weather information for the full extent or part of the Southwest region.
Some examples of observed and simulated data available through SCENIC are:
Daily point data from weather stations across the United States from 1950-present.
Dynamically downscaled gridded data and model outputs for 1970-2000 and 2040-2070 at 50 km spatial and daily temporal resolution.
PRISM data at daily (1980-present), monthly (1895-present), and yearly (1895-present) intervals at 4 km resolution. Customized analysis and visualization tools, such as data summaries, time series generators, and climate maps, also are available.
The beta version of SCENIC was recently released. Feedback on the beta version is currently being collected.
SCENIC was developed by the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute as part of their work with the Southwest Climate Science Center.