How Much Will Montana Glaciers Grow In 2018?

Temperatures in Montana have been extremely cold this year, and snowpack is far above normal.

Many Glacier Webcam (U.S. National Park Service)

High Plains Regional Climate Center

It is quite possible that glaciers in Montana will grow this year, defying predictions of an ice-free Montana by 1948 :

29 Dec 1923, Page 5 – at

Ice free by 2002 :

05 Mar 1952, Page 1 – The Post-Standard at

Ice free by 2020 :

No More Glaciers in Glacier National Park by 2020?

Ice free by 2044 :

Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park – The New York Times

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27 Responses to How Much Will Montana Glaciers Grow In 2018?

  1. Andy DC says:

    Growing/shrinking/stable glaciers are all entirely consistent with catastrophic warming. And it is far worse than we thought!

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Let’s not forget glaciers we haven’t measured at all. They are most consistent with catastrophic global warming.

      It gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about them.

  2. GeologyJim says:

    The data table shows (with one exception) that the water-equivalent snowpacks in all basins are 15-55 percent higher than normal for this time in the season.

    Water-equivalent excess is important because it takes a specific amount of energy (calories) to melt a gram of ice, regardless of how thick the snow cover is. Alarmists tell us that solar energy input is “constant”, so more ice accumulation must mean that proportionally less of it will melt in the coming summer.

    The large water-equivalent excesses in all basins means it is highly likely that more ice will remain at the end of Montana summer in 2018 than was present at the end of summer 2017.

    Come spring, excess lingering snow will depress ground and air temperatures across Montana mountains, and larger snow/ice fields will reflect more solar-energy and diminish warming of soil cover. This is how Ice Ages (Little and Big) start and perpetuate.

    The consequences for mankind are not beneficial.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Leftists and greens, especially millennial, may find it to their liking. Everything would be organic.

    • Gary says:

      Thank you Geology Jim for a simple explanation on how glaciers are able to grow because of warmer temperatures (meaning more snow). Climate trends always occur as in 1981 when Time Magazine had on it’s cover “The Next Ice Age” and now it’s Global Warming turned to Climate Change. More people should be aware of Earth’s history to know that it is resilient and constantly oscillates with respect to temperature and precipitation.

  3. Griff says:

    “The flowing sheets of ice scattered throughout the Montana park shrank by more than a third between 1966 and 2015, according to new data from the United States Geological Survey and Portland State University in Oregon.

    Using aerial and satellite imagery, researchers traced the footprints of 39 named glaciers in the park and surrounding national forest. They found that 10 had lost more than half their area over 50 years.”
    “The number of glaciers at Glacier National Park is down to 26, from about 150 in 1910, when the national park was created.”

    • Gator says:

      How many glaciers are left in Yosemite?

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        That question is over Ms Griff’s head.

      • Gary says:

        I have been to Yosemite hiking a handful of times… I don’t remember seeing any snow pack that would be large enough to be considered a glacier. I don’t know if Yosemite has had glaciers for centuries though because that part of California is generally hot and dry with short winters.

      • Anon says:

        There are two glaciers still extent in Yosemite National Park: The Lyell and Maclure Glaciers located on Mts Lyell and Mclure, both peaks are just short of 4000 meters high. These glaciers form the headwaters of Tuolumne River.

    • tonyheller says:

      They lost one third of their ice between 1905 and 1923, so glacial loss has slowed considerably as CO2 has increased.

    • AndyG55 says:

      Mt Baker, just over the hill.. This time going back further to show REALITY

      Your IGNORANCE and cherry-picking is yet again exposed, griff.

      ps, You do know that the LIA was an massively COLD anomaly in an other-wise warm interglacial, don’t you?

      Why do you want the world to stay in that COLDEST of periods?

      Aren’t you using enough fossil fuel heating already ?????

    • Latitude says:

      Can it get any more stupid?…..since when is cold, ice, and glaciers a good thing?

    • sunsettommy says:


      most of the Glacier Peak ice was grown during the LIA time frame. Thus not surprising that it has been melting back.

      You seem to ignore the pre 1800’s a lot…..

      • sunsettommy says:

        For you lazy researcher, Griff.

        From the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

        History of Glaciers in Glacier National Park


        “The history of glaciation within current Glacier National Park boundaries spans centuries of glacial growth and recession, carving the features we see today. Glaciers were present within current Glacier National Park boundaries as early as 7,000 years ago but may have survived an early Holocene warm period (Carrara, 1989), making them much older. These modest glaciers varied in size, tracking climatic changes, but did not grow to their Holocene maximum size until the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA) around A.D. 1850. While they may not have formed in their entirety during the LIA, their maximum perimeters can be documented through mapping of lateral and terminal moraines. (Key, 2002) The extent and mass of these glaciers, as well as glaciers around the globe, has clearly decreased during the 20th century in response to warmer temperatures.”

        Now you know WHY it has been melting back the last 150+ years, the LIA went away as the world has been warming up.

        With the LIA gone, it is no longer cold enough to sustain the PEAK level of glacial ice that had transpired by the end of the LIA time frame.

        Your alarmist lie is exposed here.

    • Andy DC says:

      Who would ever be stupid enough to believe the NY Times?

  4. John Smith says:

    Rush Limbaugh: Climate change wackos were exposed in California court (audio from 04-02-2018):

  5. Mark Fife says:

    Off topic (again!) but I was published on Watts Up With That yesterday. It was a learning experience. Still, quite satisfactory overall.

    Go look if you are so inclined.

  6. LexingtonGreen says:

    I was curious about the status of the California Glacier Huell Howell visited on California’s Gold. It was going away because of global warming. So I looked up current images and it looks about the same if anyone else was curious. Is California Gold a thing in other states?
    This is last year:

  7. Keith says:

    I love it that it defies the prediction for glacier free Montana by 1948. Ha ha – excellent.

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