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Donner Pass Summit Tunnels in Truckee, California

Theodore Judah was a man with a dream, and his was to build a railroad through the Central Pacific, routed via the Sierra Nevada mountains. In the mid-19th century, the civil engineer surveyed a large stretch of the route that was used,...Show More Summary

Today: Let It Snow. Or Rain. How About a Sprinkle?

On Christmas Day in California, the weather is frightfully dry as a whole — with no end in sight. TOP STORIES Let It Snow. Or Rain. How About a Sprinkle? Last rainy season, California’s northern Sierra Nevada had the wettest winter on record. This year, not so much. And in Southern California,...

The Sierra Nevada Rise from the Horizon: PCT Part 8

Leaving NorCal Remember how I said it was crazy hot in Belden?  So hot that I decided not to leave until after 6pm.  With a huge climb into the Buck’s Lake Wilderness to look forward to.  As the grade began to flatten out and the forest...Show More Summary

Study: Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise

Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California's Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday.

Water loss caused Sierra Nevada to grow an inch during California drought, researchers say

The Sierra Nevada mountains grew nearly an inch taller during the recent drought and shrank by half an inch when water and snow returned to the area, according to new research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Researchers used 1,300 GPS stations throughout the mountain...

Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop IPA

The post, Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Yesterday, we took a look at the first of Sierra Nevada’s Fresh Hop variety pack, the Fresh Hop Session IPA. That little […] The post, Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Session IPA

The post, Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Session IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I love a good fresh-hopped IPA. And Sierra Nevada is probably the best in the country when working with fresh or wet […] The post, Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Session IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Dust on the wind: Study reveals surprising role of dust in mountain ecosystems

(National Science Foundation) Trees growing atop granite in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains rely on nutrients from windborne dust more than on nutrients from the underlying bedrock.

Study reveals significant role of dust in mountain ecosystems

Trees growing atop the Bald Mountain Granite in the southern Sierra Nevada rely on nutrients from windblown atmospheric dust—more than 50 percent—compared to nutrients provided from underlying bedrock.

Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests

Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada's national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species' habitat.

Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada's national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species' habitat. But new research reported Dec. 6 in the journal...Show More Summary

Venezuela's last remaining glacier is melting away

Venezuela's last remaining glacier will be completely gone within the next 10 to 20 years. Until as recently as 1991, five glaciers were found in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida mountain range in Venezuela. As climate change has accelerated, so too has the meltdown. Show More Summary

After 80-year absence, black bears return to Nevada

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Genetic testing shows the bears are making their way from the Sierra ranges north and south of Lake Tahoe along the California line

California's ski season starts with good snowfall and higher lift prices

The snow is falling but lift ticket prices are rising at many California ski resorts. November storms have already dumped heaps of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, including around Lake Tahoe, allowing a few resorts to open. But enjoying that snow will cost winter sports enthusiasts more. The...

Losing your pension? CalPERS wants to shift blame to cities

The nation’s largest state pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, still is reeling from bruising publicity it received after it slashed the pensions for workers in the tiny Sierra Nevada town of Loyalton (population 862) and in the now-defunct East San Gabriel Valley Human Services Consortium.

Atmospheric river brings feet of snow to Sierra Nevada mountains

Get your skis, winter is here The snow is piling up in the mountains of California as an atmospheric river brings a stream of moisture to large portions of the state. The storm system started earlier this week and prompted a flash flood...Show More Summary

Study reveals structure and origins of glacial polish on Yosemite's rocks

The glaciers that carved Yosemite Valley left highly polished surfaces on many of the region's rock formations. These smooth, shiny surfaces, known as glacial polish, are common in the Sierra Nevada and other glaciated landscapes.

Atmospheric river brings storm and flash flood warnings to fire-ravaged wine country

The first atmospheric river-fueled storm of the season is expected to make landfall in California on Wednesday afternoon, when it will dump inches of rain in the Bay Area, disgorge up to a foot of snow over the Sierra Nevada and likely trigger flash floods in fire-scorched wine country. The National...

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