Alaska Glaciers Growing Again

Juneau Icefield

Juneau Icefield

Tons of snow last winter and a summer that never really showed up combined to provide perfect conditions for glacier growth in Alaska this year, according to an article in the Anchorage Daily News.  In Anchorage, residents considered it one of the worst summers ever with just two days that had high temperatures in the 70s, and the “warmest” reaching only 72!  Overall, it was the 3rd coldest summer on record in Anchorage.  In Juneau, only eight days broke the 70 degree mark with the “warmest” temperature reaching just 76.  One research project on the Juneau Icefield, dating back to 1946, observed the largest snow buildup ever.  On Taku Glacier on the Juneau Icefield, 20 feet of fresh snow was observed in late July.  In some areas, last winter’s snow did not clear until August and already the snow is back.  Anchorage has measured 10.2″ of new snow in October with more on the way tonight and Wednesday.  Tough on humans, great for glaciers!

Tom Tasselmyer

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