A light rain’s gonna fall

first_imgCommuters flipped on long-unused windshield wipers this morning as much-anticipated rain began to fall. The National Weather Service forecast a chance of rain this morning and says it’s all but certain this afternoon and news reports found wet skies from Ventura County to the Antelope Valley, extending all the way south to Camp Pendleton. Though the weather service expects just a quarter-inch to half an inch of rain, there’s a flash flood watch in affect between 9 a.m. and tonight for fire-affected areas. Temperatures should be chilly, as well, with highs in the 60s during the day and lows close to 50 degrees overnight. “There’s just a huge load of calls going right now,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nuñez. “It’s almost too busy. We can’t say for certain yet, but it’s most likely that they’re from the rain.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings The most significant snarl came on the eastbound Foothill Freeway near the Pasadena tunnel, where a big rig overturned and dropped its load at 6:40 a.m. The wreck closed at least one lane as drivers shuttled around the crushed wood pallets. By 8:30 a.m., all lanes were clear of debris. The CHP also reported a lane closure on the northbound Hollywood Freeway’s Magnolia Boulevard onramp at 6:25 a.m., but expected it to reopen within an hour. To the south, another tractor-trailer went out of control before dawn, blocking all lanes of the Golden State Freeway near Santa Ana for hours. The wreck drew in several cars and backed up the freeway for miles hours after the crash. A suicidal person also threatened to leap off a bridge onto the Pasadena Freeway in Highland Park, shutting down traffic as crews deployed negotiators. They talked the potential jumper off the bridge, allowing the freeway to reopen after a several hour delay. Though the forecast calls for light precipitation, NWS says the rain gauge could get up to 2 inches. It’s much needed in the Los Angeles area, which hasn’t seen sprinkles since Oct. 12. The chance of rain drops to 50 percent tonight, then forecasters expect the pitter-patter to putter out by Sunday, when it should be mostly sunny.last_img read more

Speleology Without Evolution

first_img“Steven Taylor, a macro-invertebrate biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois, has spent more than two decades plumbing the mysteries of cave life,” an article said on PhysOrg, based on a press release from the University of Illinois.  The article describes his adventures in tight, dark spots in numerous caves, studying the bizarre creatures of the dark that live in these ecological “islands” cut off from the outside world.  The article did not mention evolution once.See?  Good science can be done without Darwin.  Whether Taylor believes in evolution or not is beside the point; the guy was observing, cataloging, and studying the effects of the above-ground environment on the creatures below ground.  He was adding to our knowledge and understanding.  Evolution had nothing to do with it (see quote, top right of this page).    Caves are fascinating environments that can provide interesting insight into ecology and natural variation and genetic drift (e.g., loss of vision in cave fish; see 04/09/2010, 01/08/2008), without any requirement to believe cave creatures are evolving upward in complexity.  In fact, there are good reasons to doubt Darwin when studying caves (e.g., 10/18/2004, 02/16/2007).  For a creationist view of cave formation and cave ecology, be sure to get The Cave Book by Dr. Emil Silvestru, a geologist who has spent much of his life studying caves (see Resource of the Week for 03/13/2010).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more