Tag Archives: Snowpack

March 9, 2015

Mount St. Helens: 2015 Snowpack Comparison

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The warm and sunny weather yesterday provided a perfect opportunity to check out the snowpack conditions on Mount Saint Helens. I was expecting less than average snow for this time of year but I did not expect August like conditions. The Marble Mountain Sno-park is completely free of snow and the Worm Flows route does not hit snow until the USGS monitoring station at 5,600 feet. The conditions reminded me of what I typically see on the summer route in July or August.

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August 25, 2014

North Cascade Glacier Climate Project 2014

I recently spent two and a half weeks working as a glacier field assistant for the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project. Over the course of the field season, we backpacked around various glaciers in remote areas of the North Cascades. Overall, we logged over 100 miles and 30,000+ feet of elevation gain. It was an amazing opportunity and I learned a lot about field methods, snow, and glaciers.

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February 28, 2014

The Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Southwestern United States

Figure 1. Observed drought trends in the United States. (EPA, n.d.)

This article was a project for an undergraduate course in atmospheric sciences.

One of the hottest scientific topics in recent history is climate change. As a result of human activities such as deforestation and fossil fuel consumption, the concentrations of various greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased dramatically over the past few decades. The increase in atmospheric concentration is especially true for carbon dioxide, one of the most abundant greenhouse gases found in the atmosphere. As a result of the increase in greenhouse gases, the surface temperature of our planet has been steadily increasing. This warming trend is projected to continue into the future even if drastic changes in human emissions are implemented today.

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