Scientists who monitor the effects of global warming are watching glaciers shrink all over the world, but this year could be an exception in parts of the Rocky Mountains.
Snow is already piling up in the high country, but not all of the unusually deep snow from last winter has melted. As a result, some glaciers and snowfields are actually gaining volume this year.
Scientists have measured new ice in Montana's Glacier National Park and atop Colorado's Front Range mountains. In northwest Wyoming, there is photographic evidence of snowfield growth after Bob Comey, director of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center, compared photos of peaks from year to year.
So much for melting glaciers and global warming. I love how writers just cannot bring themselves to question global warming. In this case, they call the Rocky Mountain glacier growth phenomenon an exception. In fact, it is occurring elsewhere also.
The severe flooding in western North Dakota this past spring was blamed on all the snow melt from record snow pack in the Rockies. It appears likely to happen again this year, and another spring at risk of severe flooding. On the radio today, it was reported that despite requests from North Dakota state officials, the US Army Corps of Engineers would not release more water from Lake Sakakawea; state officials say releasing that water now would help prevent a repeat of spring flooding next year. So, we'll see. A spokesman for the Corps of Engineers did say that some folks were responsible for their own loss of property by building in 100-year flood plains.