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archiveMay 2018

Near Record Highs and Severe Storms

We are going to challenge record highs Saturday with air temperatures in the mid and upper 90s.  The record Saturday is 97° set in 1911.This video goes over the followingPossible heat index values through SaturdayRecord breaking MayStorm chances t...

Closures in Effect for Arizona National Forests

Concerns about forest fires have prompted the closure of parts of four of Arizona's six national forests. As of Wednesday, May 30, the closures were affecting parts of the Coconino, Tonto, Apache-Sitgreaves and Kaibab national forests. Follow the links...

I-17 to Close Overnight for I-40 Bridge Improvements

From our friends at the Arizona Department of Transportation: PHOENIX – Interstate 17 will close overnights at the I-17/I-40 interchange in Flagstaff for the next two weeks while crews set up support structures in order to replace the I-40 bridge decks...

Signs of Spring Part II

Spring has been cool, wet and windy this year. Normally I have my greens planted in my greenhouse sometime between April 1 and May 1, but this year it didn't happen till a warm, sunny day in mid-May woke me out of spring doldrums (and my mother-in-law,...

Where They Fell

The following item appeared in the Arizoniques section of the May 1989 issue of Arizona Highways. Memorial Day brings to mind solemn national cemeteries. But many of Arizona's territorial war dead still lie where they fell. We know some of their names ...

How Not to Pick Nettles!

It was gorgeous and sunny last week! On Wednesday I spent the morning sunning myself and going for the first swim of the year (refreshing but chilly!) Then in the afternoon a friend and I went hunting wild greens. First, we targeted twisted stalk (Streptopus species), fiddlehead ferns, and devils club (Oplopanax horridus) buds. Then … <a href="https://gretchenswildalaskablog.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/how-not-to-pick-nettles/" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">How Not to Pick Nettles!</span> <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

The Myth of Healthy Drinking

Another meta-study demolishes decades of wishful thinking.Vox notes that "an impressive new meta-study involving 600,000 participants, published recently in The Lancet, suggests that levels of alcohol previously thought to be relatively harmless are li...

ArkanSauna 2018

If the computer models are correct, we'll challenge daily record highs later next week.  Both the GFS and the Euro show an upper level ridge expanding across much of the south central plains into Arkansas.  We'll be on the northeast side of t...
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