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.
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.