Eclipses and How Glaciers Get Started

Ellen Eclipse Watching

Ellen Steele with husband built ellipse viewer

Ellen and I went to Idaho to observe the Total Eclipse with some friends in a mountain valley across from Mt Bora, the highest peak in Idaho. On our way to the observation camp site, we observed snow glistening in north side cirques near the peak of the mountain. Waiting for the eclipse, we took a trip over the Trail Creek Pass to Sun Valley and saw more snow in the shaded cirques on the north facing slopes. Lots of snow for the end of August in Idaho. There is a good chance it will start snowing again before all the snow melts. New snow on old snow is how glaciers get started.

In the photo below you can see white patches of snow in Northern Nevada mountain cirques.



Again if there are some September snow storms, there will be new snow on old snow.

Snow Pic NV

Northern Nevada Snow Fields

All this potential glacier building is taking place during global warming, who knew that was possible? It is possible only if Idaho and Nevada have some early September snow storms. Stay Tuned.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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3 Responses to Eclipses and How Glaciers Get Started

  1. Russ says:

    “Lake Tahoe had its first snowfall of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 13,” says

    “Kirkwood Mountain Resort reported around 3 to 4 inches of wet snow early in the morning. The resort’s base is at 7,800 feet.

    “Sierra-at-Tahoe, located at 8,800 feet, also reported snow.”

    This is how glaciers get started.


    • Russ says:

      Caltrans reports that several mountain passes in the Central Sierra south of Tahoe are closed Thursday morning due to snow. Highway 80 westbound is also closed due to a deadly car crash.
      Ebbetts Pass along State Route 4, Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park and Sonora Pass on State Route 108 are all closed to traffic.
      After a winter season marked by heavy snowfall, Tioga Pass only opened on June 29, a month later than usual.

      Near Tahoe, Highway 80 was closed in the Westbound direction on Thursday afternoon due to a deadly 16-vehicle crash near Crystal Springs in Placer County, the California Highway Patrol said, KCRA reported. The roadway is expected to remain closed until 6 p.m.
      Web cam at Tuolomne Meadows on State Route 120 in Yosemite National Park on Sept.


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