The ongoing drought in the western United States is evident in the water levels of Shasta Lake, a large reservoir in northern California that counts on rainfall for replenishment. Low water levels can lead to hazardous conditions for local recreation. Many more people are affected by how this limited water resource is allocated for ecological, urban, and agricultural needs downstream.
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on Terra acquired these simulated true-color images of Shasta Lake. The top image shows the lake on September 14, 2005, and the bottom image was acquired on September 2, 2014.
On the day the first image was acquired, the lake’s elevation was 309.4 meters (1,015 feet); nine years later (second image), the lake level had dropped to an elevation of 278.3 meters (913 feet). The water elevation in the reservoir at full capacity would be 325.2 meters (1,067 feet). Light tan colors along the shore are new beach areas that have been uncovered as the water level has dropped. Click on the image comparison tool to see how the shoreline has changed.
The reservoir began to take shape in 1950 with the completion of Shasta Dam, visible in the lower left corner. At the time, it was the second-tallest concrete dam in the world, standing 183.5 meters (602 feet) high and 148.4 meters (487 feet) long. The dam traps water flowing from Squaw Creek and the McCloud, Pit, and Sacramento rivers, as well as smaller creeks and streams. Water released from the dam flows into a continuation of the Sacramento River and, ultimately, into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay.
The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities.
President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The U.S. Embassy in Havana is scheduled to open later this month.
The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the re-establishment of embassies following a surprise December announcement that secret talks had led to an agreement to restart diplomatic relations.
For Obama, ending the U.S. freeze with Cuba is central to his foreign policy legacy as he nears the end of his presidency. Obama has long touted the value of direct engagement with global foes and has argued that the U.S. embargo on the communist island just 90 miles south of Florida was ineffective.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the same jerk who prayed for President Obama’s death, and whose followers showed up at one of Obama’s speeches toting AR’s in an open carry demonstration that just happened to occur shortly after that prayer...
In his Sunday Evening Service streamed live on Jun 28, 2015, Anderson called for the stoning to death of ministers who performed same-sex marriage ceremonies and repeated his Bible based call for the execution of all LGBT people.
Demonizing the LGBT community, equating pedophillia and homosexuality, and insisting that LGBT people be referred to as “filthy sodomites,” Anderson’s sermon is two hours of obnoxious Christian hate.
However, much of Anderson’s sermon is directed at other Christian leaders who do not do enough to oppose “the homos.” Anderson railed against any clergy member who would dare to perform a same-sex marriage, declaring:
Anybody who performs the ceremony should be stoned!
If you are for equal rights then you still have miles to go before you sleep.
County clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Sunday.
The nation’s top court said on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to wed, handing a victory to the American gay rights movement.
Paxton said in a statement that hundreds of public officials in Texas were seeking guidance on how to implement what he called a lawless and flawed decision by an “activist” court.
The Supreme Court on Monday put a temporary hold on a Texas law that abortion rights groups say would have led to the closures of all but a handful of the state’s abortion clinics.
The law, which was to go into effect Wednesday, requires clinics to adhere to strict, hospital-like facilities requirements. It also requires physicians conducting abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Had the law gone into effect as scheduled, all but nine of the 19 clinics in the state would have had to close, groups said.
The court granted the reprieve after abortion rights groups, which had previously lost an appeal, asked for an emergency stay. The stay likely will remain in place at least through the summer, as the parties put together their case and the court decides whether to take it up in the next term.
Chris Squire, stalwart co-founder of Yes, has died, bandmate Geoff Downes confirms via Twitter. The 67 year old had announced a hiatus from the band in May, following a diagnosis of acute erythroid leukemia.
“Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire,” says Downes, who appeared on three Yes studio albums with the bass-playing legend - 1980′s Drama, 2011′s Fly From Here and 2014′s Heaven and Earth.
Squire was the only constant in a band that began evolving almost as soon as it was founded in advance of a self-titled 1969 debut. Yes’ Aug. 7 concert with Toto will mark the first-ever without him.
Months after a virulent measles outbreak spread from one Disneyland visitor to more than 100 California residents, the state that’s been described as an “anti-vaccination hotbed” is poised to pass one of the nation’s toughest laws requiring immunizations.
The bill approved by the California assembly Thursday strikes down the state’s personal belief exemption, which allows parents to opt their children out of vaccinations for religious reasons. Under the new rules, only children with serious health problems (such as a compromised immune system) would be exempt from mandatory vaccination schedules, and those who opt out will have to be homeschooled.
The legislation now goes to California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s unclear if Brown will sign it.
“The governor believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit, and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered,” Evan Westrup, Brown’s spokesperson, told the Times Thursday.
Attackers stormed a factory near Lyon, France, on Friday, killing at least one person in what the authorities said appeared to be a terrorist incident.
French news reports said that a car carrying two people had driven onto the grounds of an industrial-gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southeast of Lyon, and set off an explosion. One of the attackers reportedly waved an Islamic State flag during the attack.
News reports said that there was a decapitated body at the scene. The police provided no details other than to confirm that at least one person was dead and that several others had been wounded.
Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, was heading to the scene, his office said. Prime Minister Manuel Valls ordered tightened security and “reinforced vigilance” on “sensitive” sites in the region, about 300 miles southeast of Paris. President François Hollande’s office said he would make a statement shortly.
To Live and Die In L.A., the cult 1985 MGM movie written and directed by William Friedkin, is headed to the small screen. In a competitive situation, WGN America has landed a drama series adaptation of the action thriller, with Oscar winner Friedkin directing and executive producing. Friedkin has created the TV adaptation with another Oscar winner, Bobby Moresco (Crash). Moresco will write the script and will executive produce. I hear the project, from MGM Television (Fargo) and Tribute Studios, has received a script-to-series commitment and is expected to go straight to series upon script approval.
A choir and band launched into one of Ethel Lance’s favorite gospel tunes and roused hundreds of mourners from their seats Thursday in a crescendo of music at the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.
People stood to clap, nod and sway — some closing their eyes under the exertion of the cathartic singing. Ushers walked through the aisles with boxes of tissues for people to dab their tears. An organ, drums and bass guitar provided the rhythm.
The service was fitting for the 70-year-old Charleston native with “an infectious smile,” who served with vigor as an officer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the congregation’s interim pastor said.