Global Skywatch

Ted’s essays

post card from Conner

Warm spring-like, rainy and sunny weather had made all but the drifts of snow disappear. Overnight last night that changed in a big way with about 4 inches of fresh, light, fluffy powder. Picture perfect opportunity not to be missed. Hey, what is all this stuff? Conner Cabin front yard (note bird in upper left) The Bitterroot Dwarf Penguin(American Dipper to some) Conner Cabin back side Conner riverside trailhead The Honeymoon Cabin […]

lap lab

GG and female #4. Pretty hard to not be happy around puppies. To touch these babies … finer than silk more precious than gold.

Bitterroot River morning

Just a pleasant diversion in a world that is not always this pretty. I recommend you turn your sound up a bit and put this on full screen for a minute.

warming up

After a few weeks of afternoon temperatures well above freezing, the ice is finally gone from our driveway and roads. That enabled me to get my bicycle out of the shed and take it for it’s first ride of the year. The tires had given up a little air over the winter. I didn’t even bother to refill. They weren’t low enough to cause any harm, just increase their rolling resistance. Said another way, I had to pedal harder and couldn’t go as fast as I would be able to were they properly inflated. No loss at all. The point was to spend TIME outside and to push the pedals for exercise. Neither distance traveled nor speed of travel were […]

ice dam

East Fork of The Bitterroot River frozen over Ice dams form as Bitterroot river thaws

sled dog racing

The 10th Annual Darby Dog Derby will take place January 14th & 15th, 2017 at Lost Trail Pass at Gibbons Pass Road. The Bitterroot Mushers club created this exciting, fun event. Go to their website for more information. Pay particular attention to the spectator information. The energy of nearly 100 high-performance, high-strung dogs is impressive. Be there for the start of the first races, on through the last. It is a sight, and moreso, a sound you won’t forget. This is my fourth time leading a team of radio operators to provide communications up and down the mountains. This is a perfect example of amateur radio serving where nothing else will do. We are pleased to add a measure of […]

dam breaks

Lots of deep cold, plenty of snow, followed by some warm, throw in some precipitation and you have a recipe for ice dams breaking. That, of course includes the possibility of flooding. We are coming up on that exact situation during the next week. Last month I recorded the first event like that I have witnessed in several winters here. Amazingly I was inspired to take a short video clip of The Bitterroot freezing over in our front yard on December 9th. Okay, by itself, that event isn’t amazing, but what I recorded the very next day is what provides the real value. Missy says, “Ted, LOOK AT THE RIVER.” Where there was solid ice around 3′ above the river […]

a bit cold here

This morning I woke up to discover our home (including the East Fork of The Bitterroot River) had been moved into North Dakota. I don’t know how it was done, but one look at the thermometer told me it was so. After the sun was up for a while, I thought to open the window and take a photo of the thermometer outside my studio. It was approximately three tick-marks below the lowest one on the C scale (left) side before the sun started heating the place up. I estimate that would be -28 or -29 Centigrade or as you young’uns like to write, Celsius … down by the East Fork of The Bitterroot River. That comes out to -20 […]