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This web was last updated on
June 20, 2014 (my last official day at WCC after 43 wonderful years here!)
The  goal here is rather lofty: to make this webpage an informative, useful, fun, and perhaps even motivational or inspirational resource for students and others who deliberately seek it out or accidentally stumble upon it.
notify me by e-mail if you notice any broken links,
as often that is the only way I know about them.

  Reading the Washington Landscape: Observations of Washington State Landscapes, Geology, Geography, Ecology, History and Land Use


The teacher opens the door, but you must enter by yourself.

What can I do today to help you with your education ?

Reflections on 43 Years at Whatcom

   Northwest Geology blog, including cool local field trips and geological insight.  
Having a tough day?  Maybe this will cheer you up a bit: bad dancing around the world!

How Matt Harding makes his bad dancing videos

Upcoming weather?  Check out the 15 day forecast.
American Meteorological Society  Exemplary links to ocean science, weather, much more!

You can find most of the PowerPoints shown in class by going to Links, then to PowerPoints, OR to your specific class and looking under Resources for chapter powerpoints from appropriate textbook.

Consider  the impressive winds * measured at Camp Muir at 10,000 feet on Mt. Rainier (now). Nearly every major storm brings winds of 100 mph +, but sometimes  during the worst storms the instruments are iced up and record no velocity  for wind....hardly the true situation!...or a fixed direction from which the wind is coming.

* Peak gust so far observed there since installation in Fall 2006: 155 mph on 2/12/11

Here you will find information about Whatcom Community College's geology courses and the classes I am currently teaching, information about my background and interests (Leisure Times),  most of which are closely connected to my profession as a geology instructor), and links to  information about many topics, which I intend primarily to be used by students to further your learning, but which have also proven to be useful and interesting for many people, based on feedback I have  received.  Just click on the titles above to skip directly to the appropriate page. To skip directly to my office hours, click here.  To  plan your next geological excursion or simply to gaze at  pictures, go to Leisure Times and click on whatever looks appealing. You never know what you might learn.  To investigate things about all sorts of stuff, click on any underlined word or go to Links .   After all, what would a webpage be without links? 


 "The Internet promised us the world, but instead gives us pictures of people's cats."  Jon Eberly

 Consider yourself lucky, because with a lot of pictures elsewhere on this webpage this is the only one showing a cat (or perhaps you prefer looking at cute big-eyed cats like Lawrence here to all the other stuff).

Is Lawrence the Cat enjoying this, or struggling to get away?

Check out the Photo gallery, just for the fun of it.

Weather: Don't deny it, you too are interested, I know it.  If you'd like to know weather specifics beyond merely what the glance outside the window reveals, or if you're not in this area and want to picture the dynamic weather we usually have here, do a search for  current weather conditions for Bellingham   and alas! You'll see that merely specifying Bellingham is not good enough.

Did you know? There are four Bellinghams in the U.S......  Washington,  one in  southwestern Minnnesota, another in southern Massachusetts, and yet another in South Carolina, but the latter must be too tiny to even warrant a weather station.  

    Here is  the forecast for  Bellingham, Washington,  and you can also check the 15 day forecast  to plan your outdoor activities.  You can get probabilities in the forecast for any zip code by checking the U.W. Probcast.   Perhaps the best place to get good weather information is this one from the National Weather Service.  Or you can try this very interesting informative site: Weatherspark, which among other things charts recent temperatures in graphical form.   Google provides a link to local official and personal weather stations. All of the weather stations are plotted on the map as simplified color-coded station models. Click on a station and obtain graphs of the current conditions and a 5-day forecast. To access this resource first go to your local weather station by entering a zip code or local address at  Once at your local weather page, scroll to just below Current Conditions and open Google Map of Personal Weather Stations. You can navigate to the entire North American continent and see local real-time conditions at thousands of locations.

It may be raining, but it's a warm rain!
        Feeling cold?  Then look what it's like in Honolulu today:

Waikiki: paradise lost?      I'll go for that!        

And now for something completely different: Note!  Vostok  quite often doesn't  report  weather conditions during the Antarctic winter (maybe the researchers are too preoccupied with just staying alive inside their Quonset huts to fiddle with details like weather data).  Check back later for sure signs of life (i.e.,  these weather reports).

Let's see what's happening at the "Pole of Cold"...   Oh man, that's cold enough to frostbite my bare toes in a nano-second!

      Lots of people have a "weather sticker" on their homepage so that all visitors to the page can check out how wonderful (or awful) the weather is somewhere, usually at the web owner's hometown. However, since most of you readers are in Bellingham, why not just look out the window?  But if you glanced at the weather sticker above, you  have just read the current conditions at, on average, the world's coldest spot: Vostok, Antarctica!  Just by contemplating the temperature there, do you suddenly feel a little warmer? 

For undetermined reasons I sometimes get referred to as Mr. Trivia, perhaps accurately, who for example readily knows that in Vostok the temperature  gets down to - 80 , -90 , even -100   Fahrenheit regularly during the Southern Hemisphere winter.    Temperatures increase markedly as soon as the sun makes its appearance above the horizon, then decrease just as dramatically when the sun finally drops below the horizon for months on end.  Vostok has the world's record surface minimum temperature, -128.6 F,  but perhaps even more amazing is that the average temperature there is  -70 F!    Though unconfirmed, it has been reported that Vostok reached the temperature of −91 C (−132 F) during the winter of 1997. The highest temperature recorded at Vostok was a blistering +10.4 F on Jan. 11, 2002.                  

Current Weather Conditions, any state Washington Oregon  Idaho



Which state will have the max. and which the min. temp? U.S. Daily High and Low Temperatures (quick version)

World Daily  24 hr.High and Low Temperatures with Precipitation extremes including United States

Office Location: LDC 224 Mt. Baker as it looks outside my office window. Feb. 5, 2010

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Winter 2014 Schedule:  These are the times I am predictably in my office.  Drop-ins are welcome, and you can set up an appointment if these times aren't convenient for you.  If for no other reason, come on by on a clear day, when one can see Mt. Baker on the eastern horizon,  as shown in the view at left,

webpage URL:

Geology 110

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. M W  F

Geology 150

8:00 - 10:50  a.m. T Th

Geology 211

8:00 - 9:50  a.m. M W F
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 a.m. 211 (start) 150 (start) 211 150 211
9:00 211 150 211 150 211
    9:50 211 (end) 150 211 150 211
   10:50 OFFICE 150 (end) OFFICE 150 OFFICE
11:00   OFFICE   OFFICE  
1:00 p.m.          
    1:30 110 (start)   110   110
2:00 110   110   110
3:00 110 (end)   110   110

Office  hours M, W, F 10:00 - 11  and T Th 11:00-12:00, and by appointment.
My office is LDC 224.


Sunrise outside my office window.  Feb. 1, 2010
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Mornings at our campus can feature grand sunrises such as the one shown above( image from my office window). It's a good way to start off a  day!

My office phone:
How do I use this thing?

Send me an E-mail: (checked frequently M - F when college is in session)  My home e-mail is:  (not checked while I am at WCC)
Please read and heed!
E-mail rules of conduct  Basically, be sure to always enter something in the subject line of an e-mail. Otherwise it may get shunted into a Spam folder.

I have long been much better about reading and answering e-mails than voice messages.   But at long last I  have a  light on my phone, so I'll remember to check for phone messages are also sent directly to my office e-mail.  Isn't technology wonderful?  I used to be terrible about checking for phone messages, but this just goes to show, you can teach an old "doug"  new tricks.

  Copyright 2013  by  Doug McKeever
All Rights Reserved
    Permission to quote original material on this web is  granted,  and you don't even have to acknowledge the source, although doing so would be classy of you. Please ask for permission before using any of the pictures in the Gallery.

Important stuff: This is not an official college publication.  Whatcom Community College has neither edited nor examined the content of the pages or links to other sites, which is probably a good thing.  I am solely responsible for the content.  Any references to specific websites,  products, or services is not necessarily an endorsement of them, so users  beware!    Funded through the U.S. Department of Education   Title III Grant PO31A980143

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