New Glacier Forming in California

The remnants of last season’s snow pack.

You’re looking at a picture of glacier as it begins to form. This wall of snow is more than 40 feet (12.2 meters) in height.

Photo courtesy of Chris Von Duering

Photo taken above Hope Valley on 17 August 2019

Hope Valley is near Kirkwood Ski resort in California. Twenty miles south of Lake Tahoe.

This is how glaciers form. This is also how ice ages begin.

Thanks to Chris Von Duering for this photo.

29 thoughts on “New Glacier Forming in California”

  1. Big article in Scientific American magazine about the melting Arctic. The focus is how countries are lining up to start mining now that there is less ice. And the loss of polar bears. On newstands nownow!

    • In an ice age weather pattern change. Alaska was warmer during the last “mini” cooling periods.
      The story about polar bear is total BS.

  2. The Romans mined metals in the Alps until glaciers overtook their mines. Now, the mines are exposed again. How long before the glaciers return?

  3. I hope they are mining salt for Atlanta and the North East. Meanwhile in the next decade there are going to be more trees killed by ice flow than by Globul Warming..

  4. Solar wind speed is now low @346kps and there are no typhoons or hurricanes anywhere at this time because of that. The coronal holes which provided the strongest solar winds in 11 months will rotate back around early Sept and look to be stronger yet now on the GONG/NSO website which shows the sun’s polarity and coronal holes. When the solar winds pick up in less than two weeks and major cyclones form they’ll be sounding the climate emergency alarms, telling you to repent and change your evil ways or ELSE ! Hogwash.
    Days in 2019 with no sunspots just went to 68%. It would take 113 days without sunspots to beat 2008’s 200 year low of 73% or 35 days with sunspots. So, it is quite possible we may break 2008’s record low count by a large margin.

  5. Yes–the way it works is not so much the amount of snowfall in the winter, but the amount of loss during the melt season.
    This season’s Snow Cover Extent for the NH is well-above the high-side of the standard deviation band.
    Which was the case in 2018 and in 2017.
    For North America it is barely above the high-side.

  6. @Vance – It’s sad to see the total corruption of what was once a fairly decent science publication. Now it’s just part of a political propaganda effort.

  7. sci am is a joke rag nowdays I gather most intelligent readers from when it was ok have cancekked subs
    printing drivel like sees why;-)
    I just sent Robert a link re volcanos debris up high going to affect sth areas but it will be globally “dimming” also
    and if that snow is compacted and still there..another decent winter will really help pack it in harder

  8. “Melting Arctic”– per Australia’s Robert Holmes (2017), Denmark’s Henrik Svensmark (2005), Russia’s Valentina Zharkova (2016 – ’17), our system’s spotless “dead sun” not only presages a 70+ year Grand Solar Minimum through c. AD 2100 – 2110 but weakens solar magnetic fields to allow impinging Cosmic Rays to seed Earth’s overcast cloud cover.

    Prior to the late Pliocene some 3.6 million YBP, Planet Earth did not experience global glaciations for nigh a billion years (pre-Cambrian Ediacaran geologic era). Alas, now that plate-tectonic dispositions block atmospheric/oceanic circulation patterns, walling off Eastern from Western Hemispheres
    by North and South American continental landmasses for the next few tens-of-million years, cyclical temperature declines (“climate” is a vexed term) are due to persist for geological aeons.

    Meantime, though Denmark insists the country’s resource-rich but willfully unexploited Greenland territory is not for sale, Pres. Trump points out that Copenhagen’s “Arctic nature preserve” has polar bears and puffins a-plenty, but an impoverished human population amounting to three square blocks in central Brooklyn. Is’t not past-time to act on humanity’s responsible behalf, thou fearsome Viking warriors?

    producing long-term overcast manifest as 102-kiloyear Pleistocene Ice Ages

  9. No, this is not how ice ages begin. Rather, it is how Glaciations form. We are already in the middle of a 2.58 million year ice age(the Pleistocene), living at the tail end of an Inter-glacial, called the Holocene. And there is nowhere else to go but “Down” the temp scale.

  10. We should be putting up brass plaques and giving the glacier a name, sing some songs, we could even send a little girl round the world in a kayak !

  11. A set for a movie, perhaps? I will believe this is a REAL glacier when it gets posted on an actual science-based site. Also, IF it was actually real, the formation of one glacier does not negate the melting of hundreds of others. Seen any footage from the Arctic, Greenland lately?

  12. If those f…cking politicians, homeless, taxes, etc don’t debert you from living in cali this hopefully will. It’s time to move somewhere else.

  13. Greenland is back to winter now. The ice melted at the edges of the glacier because it was summer and July was the hottest month for Greenland. Greenland is mostly white now as the snowstorms covered ice free areas. I think it is normal for snow and ice melt in summer. It happens every year. I don’t understand why people make sensation news out of it.

  14. Chris,
    Were you on the Pacific Crest Trail when you took this photo? Been there many times and it always had snow in late August.

  15. This is exciting all them snow patches. How? As the world warms the snow patches will be a welcome retreat from the summer heat. That’s the reason Ben Nevis is so popular in the summertime. You can sit down and eat your sandwiches, pose for selfies and post them to Facebook, have great family fun. True to my name I love to visit the distilleries. But I also think the snow patches look cool. I am not this man but google ‘iain cameron snow patches’ and find him on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Comments are closed.