Glaciers growing in the Rockies

Even though last winter’s historic snowpack has not yet melted, new snow is already piling up in the Rocky Mountain high country. As a result, some glaciers and snowfields are growing.

In Montana’s Glacier National Park, in Colorado’s Front Range, in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons, the glaciers and snowfields are actually gaining volume.

When Bob Comey, director of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center, compared photographs of peaks in northwest Wyoming from year to year – images taken before the snow started falling again this autumn – he found “significantly” more ice in the Teton Range compared with two years ago.

“I’ve never seen a season with a gain like we’ve seen this summer,” Comey said.

On Arikaree Glacier some 20 miles west of Boulder, Colorado, scientist Nel Caine said he measured between 2 and 3 feet of snow from last winter and spring still remaining in late September.

Meanwhile, scientists have measured a “very modest” increase on Sperry Glacier in Montana’s Glacier National Park.

Mind you, these are not the only glaciers growing in the United States. Glaciers are also growing in California, Alaska and Washington state.

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Thanks to Greg Mantle, Peter Pesola and Marc Morano for this link

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17 thoughts on “Glaciers growing in the Rockies”

  1. Same here in Peru and Bolivia!
    I notice that the snow level has lowered down significantly on the highest mountains and the peaks look much whiter than 4 or 5 years ago!
    Heart WARMING trend!

  2. Yes this is just the start and it will take a little while for it to become obvious and even then many will stay put hoping that it will be temporary and go away shortly as their towns and cities get buried as the months and years go by. By the time the majority are ready to scream ice age it will not be easy for them to escape. By then we will be back on the evolutionary time scale and dealing with survival of the fitest and the smartest.
    May be next time around mankind will get it right, may be.

  3. Yep I remember an article on the old site back in 2001 that mentioned this, from the Hawaii Herald Tribune, saying that “geologists unexpectedly found 100 glaciers in CO.” (I printed it out and still have the article on my wall) At the time it seemed we had a long way to go because at that time, they only mentioned that “in recent years, while precip hasn’t changed much, temps have been slightly cooler in recent years, they said. Of course now we have record snowfall, which is becoming a yearly occurrence. That was back in 2001. It’s come a long way since.

  4. I hate to think of what two generations from now will be facing. It will almost certainly look to them like we are currently living in the best of times instead of the worst of times for OUR lifetimes. Ghadaffi’s gardens in the desert might have been a wonderful addition to what will be available for growing food for whoever survives. Oh well. At least they will probably have their carbon credits since their lifestyle most certainly will be small carbon footprint.

  5. Unfortunately the USGS on their website still blames global warming for the glaciers in the park
    retreating. They have had plenty of time to update their website. I was in Glacier National Park in July and it was quite obvious to anyone with eyes that the snowpack would last through the summer. Guess the USGS is still waiting for the memo from Michael Mann.

  6. Has anybody considered that what is now desert will become fertile growing areas instead? After all, you’re not telling me that 50C in the summer will reduce to 5C, are you? More like 30 – 35C.

    The reality of an ice age is a migration toward the equator. Where there is now no civilisation will become future hubs.

    All this doomsday stuff is puerile: humanity will adapt geographically.

    Of course, if you stay where there’s already glaciers, good luck to you.Geodesic domes apparently allow you to grow tomatoes at -35C in the Canadian wilderness in winter. I’m sure you can grow plenty of other stuff too.

    • Your are right Rhys however, it is not as simple as the people in the north moving to the equator. The people already living at or near the equator will not want incomers taking their food and fuel supplies and that is how wars start.
      Also, the change from poor scrub land or desert doesn’t happen overnight. In a thousand years the Sahara may once again be a grassland or even jungle but in the next ten years with the possibility of crop failures and countries holding onto their reserves and no longer supplying the world with grain or rice the worlds population will probably be halved by starvation.
      Your best bet for your own survival will be to find a self-sufficient hilltop and fortify it!

      • Israel has managed to convert the desert into something rather more fertile than scrub land. In a bit less than a thousand years too.

    • I would think that it would take quite a while for desert soils (sand and gravel) to develope a fertile topsoil that would be usefull for agriculture. Adaptation to ice age conditions may be easier said than done. As for Canada if the up coming ice age is anything like the last one Canadians if they are alive will not be in Canada. I suspect American and Canadian survivors will be located in the south west corner of the United States or in Mexico. Mexico will be at risk of becoming an english speaking country or at least be bilingual. The elites could get their NAU but not quite the way they anticipated.

  7. Humanity survived the last time around, rather well too I might add. We will survive this time around. May not be pretty but I do not anticpate apocalyptic conditions with regards to the human condition. Some will die off as they always do, some will thrive as they always do, but I do not anticipate a massive reduction in the Earth’s population.

    • During the Little Ice Age, millions of people died of starvation. I think it will be much, much worse this time.

  8. Global ‘cooling’ is much more of a concern than global ‘warming’. We really will be burning fuel then………

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