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PostWed Jul 15, 2015 4:19 pm 
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Nice and the terminus is pulling up the steep bedrock step from the lake basin it had ended in.

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PostWed Jul 15, 2015 10:21 pm 
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It will be interesting to see what happens in late summer this year. I've already heard reports of several "permenant" snowfields melting out
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PostThu Jul 16, 2015 3:35 pm 
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Point out any good images of the aforementioned

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PostFri Jul 17, 2015 3:20 am 
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Alpine Glacier Chapter of the BAMS State of Climate 2014 report published yesterday.
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PostFri Jul 17, 2015 7:40 am 
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Mt Olympus from High Divide.

From trip June 2015

1620 High divide 6-26-2015 -- 0103
1620 High divide 6-26-2015 -- 0103

Compared to a trip from June 1972

High Divide 6-1972 --007b
High Divide 6-1972 --007b
High Divide 6-1972 --010bb
High Divide 6-1972 --010bb
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PostFri Jul 17, 2015 9:31 am 
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Pic taken on July 5, 2015, of the former glacier N of Hinman-Daniel col:


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PostSat Jul 18, 2015 4:06 am 
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I called that West Lynch Glacier it seemed to fall apart in 2005.

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PostSat Jul 18, 2015 7:31 am 
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Thanks for the info. Prior to last week's trip we were last there in the last days of July 2007, when the area was snow-covered.

The hanging glacier between the Lynch and the West Lynch also appears to be kaput, now just a wasting firn patch.

Also, the firn patch on the NE side of La Bohn Peak is close to death. Sad to watch that waste away in the past 25 years of visiting the area.
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PostThu Aug 20, 2015 11:21 am 
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Initial details from this years research.
http://blogs.agu.org/fromaglaciersperspective/2015/08/20/disastrous-year-for-north-cascade-glacier-mass-balance-snowice-economy/
Sholes Glacier

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PostSun Jun 24, 2018 4:21 am 
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Moulin exploration
Moulin exploration

After 22 years with same web address North Cascade Glacier Climate Project site has a new design and home.  Still much image formatting to go.

New paper out on how unusual 2015 was for glacier mass balance

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PostSun Jun 24, 2018 10:21 am 
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Congrats on the new site.  I'm sure you know this but the rotating image at the top of the page is creating some major readability issues.  One of the images is blank and scrolls the entire page up.  A few seconds later the next rotating image appears and scrolls the page back down.
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PostTue Jun 26, 2018 10:52 am 
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Updated material on Honeycomb Glacier.


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PostTue Jun 26, 2018 1:31 pm 
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Updated material on Honeycomb Glacier.

Thanks for sharing that. We were most recently there in 2008, pretty late season, approach from the E (Moth Lake) after traversing the Dakobed range. It looked very similar to Lowell's 2006 pic.

The 7.5' map needs updating.
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My observations on Storbreen and its neighbors in Svalbard picked up by NASA earth observatory.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=92325

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Field Season Video

The 2018 field season observations, conditions and summary. Field team Mariama Dryak, Erin McConnell, Jill Pelto and Mauri Pelto.

For the 35th consecutive year I headed to the North Cascade Range, Washington to monitor the response of glaciers to climate change.  Two of the glaciers the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project (NCGCP) monitors are now part of the 42 glaciers comprising the World Glacier Monitoring Service  (WGMS) reference glacier network, where annual mass balance has been assessed for more than 30 years consecutively.

The 2018 winter season featured relatively normal snowpack despite a winter of wide temperature fluctuations, February freezing levels 400 m below the mean and December 500 m above the mean. Summer melt conditions featured temperatures 1.1 C above the 1984-2017 mean. The summer melt season through August was warm and exceptionally dry, which has also helped foster forest fires. The melt rate during the August field season was 35% above normal.

Washington Climate Division Five, western North Cascades

We assessed the mass balance of eight glaciers.  All eight will have significant negative mass balances in 2018, between -0.5 m and -1.0 m.  Retreat was measured on seven of the glaciers where the terminus was exposed, all had retreated since 2017 with the retreat ranging from 7-21 m. This continues the pattern of significant retreat each year that began in 2014. The overall length loss as a percentage of total length falls into a relatively narrow range of 10-22%.  The mass balance losses has also led to additional rock outcrops emerging in what had been the elevation of the accumulation zone.  We continued to measure runoff below Sholes Glacier and to assess crevasse depth.  The average crevasse depth in 2018 was 10 m, with the deepest at 16 m on Lower Curtis Glacier.

Annual  mass balance of North Cascade glaciers 1984-2018 (right).  Cumulative glacier mass balance from NCGCP compared to WGMS global cumulative mass balance.  Below is the retreat of selected North Cascade glaciers during the last 35 years, in meters and as a percentage of the total length.  Locations for all but Columbia Glacier are in image below.


Mount Baker and Mount Shuskan glaciers identified in a Landsat image from 8-9-2018. Blue indicates mass balance and terminus change are observed.  Orange indicates only terminus change is observed. C=Coleman, D=Deming, E=Easton, LC=Lower Curtis, M=Mazama, N=Nooksack, P=Price, R=Rainbow, Rv=Roosevelt, SH=Sholes.

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