Morning News for Tuesday, February 5th
The Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, 350.org and dozens of other groups in Washington, D.C., are inviting people from all over the country to converge on the National Mall in Washington DC for the Forward on Climate Rally which they say will be the largest climate rally in American history. The rally takes place Presidents Day Weekend, February 17, 2013, noon - 4 p.m.
Thousands of activists, will head to the White House for the Forward on Climate Rally to tell President Obama to shut down the climate-killing Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.
Quoting from their press release "The last time we stood up against Keystone XL, thousands surrounded the White House -- and it worked. We beat the odds and convinced President Obama to take a year to study it.
Now that year is over, and the evidence is clear -- it was the hottest year in American history, we experienced a horrible ongoing drought, and we felt the force of Superstorm Sandy. And still Big Oil is pushing harder than ever for Keystone XL, looking for even more private profit at public expense."
Sign up details are at biologicaldiversity.org
The family and friends of a Clearlake teen are seeking information about his whereabouts after he went missing early Sunday morning.
Jesse Meldrum, 18, was last seen at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he left his mother Tina Meldrum's Clearlake home.
Meldrum, who according to his Facebook page graduated from Lower Lake High School last year, was last seen walking alone and did not tell anyone where he was going.
He left his car at his mother's home. Family and friends have not heard from him, and he's not responded to numerous posts left on his Facebook page or to calls placed to his cell phone.
At the time he was last seen, he was wearing a long sleeved black short and blue jeans. He is described as being about 6 feet tall.
Anyone with information about him is asked to call Kirsten Contreras at 707-889-6796.
Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) comment period has been officially extended to 5pm, April 22, 2013. The original 90-day comment period would have ended February 21. The HCP, including an associated Timber Management Plan, and other entitlements, would be approved for an 80-year period with future pubic comments limited to whether or not individual Timber Harvest Plans are in compliance with the approved 80-year HCP.
Although winter on the North Coast began with storms drenching the area, it's turned into one of the driest months of January on record, with no major precipitation in sight.
Alex Dodd, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Eureka office, said the area only had a total of 2.94 inches of rain while normal January rainfall total is 6.5 inches.
Just 16 Januarys have been drier than this one since the weather service started taking records locally in 1887. Five of the driest months have occurred since 1990, he said.
Despite the recent dry weather, the region has seen about average rainfall overall since the beginning of the season because of the surplus water from the early storms in November and December.
The North Coast region snow pack is at 87 percent, Dodd said. Again, that's not a bad number -- but if it doesn't snow much in February or March, the snowpack average could plummet to 54 percent. About one-third of the state's water comes from snowmelt.
The dry weather pattern recently is the result of a jetstream heading north into British Columbia, and a ridge of high pressure that set up off the coast that has kept any wet storms at bay.