New Mexico Burning

I was at about 9,500 feet this afternoon west of Los Alamos, NM, when it turned very cold and rainy.

 On the drive back down, I could see a massive storm covering the Sangre de Cristo mountains about 20 miles north of Santa Fe.

When the air cleared this evening, fresh snow became visible above 12,000 feet on the Truchas Peaks, where I used to work as a wilderness ranger.

In order to get a smooth coating on the mountains like that, the snow has to be about a foot deep. I was born here over 60 years ago, and have never seen anything like this in June.

These mountains were on fire this week in 1890, when CO2 was much lower and humans hadn’t overheated the atmosphere yet.

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41 Responses to New Mexico Burning

  1. rah says:

    According to the forecast I believe there will be more within the next 6 days.
    BTW here at my place south of Anderson, IN we had to kick on the furnace to take the chill off the house on Friday. Can’t recall ever having to heat this house or any other I have lived in before in June here. Saturday and Sunday we accumulated over 5″ of rain according to my neighbors gauge.

  2. gregole says:

    And here in Arizona after a cool and damp May, we’re having the mildest June in my memory (been here since 1995). When it gets hot I’ll let you know. And don’t believe any of the forecasts – they’re typically off by about 4 degrees F always forecasting hotter than what we get.

    • Romeo R says:

      So true! This year has been exceptional all around. June has been amazingly nice considering we could be near 120 but only cracked 110 I think twice so far and the rest of the month has been in the low 100’s to mid-90’s. I’ve been here since 2001 and by far the best June ever! However, I am a realist and am expecting the desert to do desert things and heat up.

  3. Gator says:

    The Holgate Glacier was not on fire today. We waited for it to collapse, and we were sorely disappointed, as it refused to slide into the sea. Maybe tomorrow…

  4. Gator says:

    Oops! Climate change prevented my photo from posting. Please stop this madness, think of the children.

  5. Laurie says:

    Sorry for the off-topic question, but isn’t this a little odd:

    • billtoo says:

      wanna really see odd? check out what happened to antarctic ice on the interactive tool supplied by NSIDC for 2016. then check a few years before and after.

  6. Gerkenstein says:

    I am currently in Singapore. I’ve never seen it this cool. It’s barely broken 90F which is unusual also rain…

    There is no doubt to me one of the levers on temperature is WATER CYCLE VELOCITY.
    I suspect Cosmic particles coming in now because the sun is inactive making the Earth’s magnetic field weak, increase the cloud formation and increase the water cycle velocity, and cool the earth when those clouds are formed. Heat of condensation released (as photons yes)?

    • rah says:

      It does seem that Henrik Svensmark’s theory is being validated before our eyes in the ultimate laboratory in a big way. laboratory experiments had already confirmed the feasibility of cosmic rays seeding clouds but sceptics of the theory have said that the effect is negligible. Well, at least to this layman, the last two years sure seem to have produced some pretty good anecdotal evidence that cosmic rays do have significant effect on climate by increasing cloud cover and thus precipitation.

      • Gator says:

        When Svensmark’s hypothesis was being challenged and we were facing this current minimum, he said that we will all see just what the Sun can do. Not much alarmists can do to stop the Sun, and as Fogerty asked, “ who’ll stop the rain?”.

        This is how science actually works.

  7. rah says:

    Doing the right thing. Man inadvertently made the trap and so man should intervene to rescue the animals trapped.

  8. I know where you live says:

    Get your head out of your ass before it’s too late, and you end up in jail. Believe me, that will be happening to people like you in your lifetime

    • Martin says:

      Global warming climate alarmists have no soul. They are the enemies of humanity.

    • tonyheller says:

      Threatening and jailing heretics. An age old tradition for hateful ignorant people.

    • Gator says:

      I know where you live? Hmmm, seems like a threat to me. Maybe Tony should contact the authorities and have them pay her a visit.

      This is proof positive that alarmists have lost the debate. No science, only threats.

    • spike55 says:

      Poor IKWYL,….

      You do know that your IP gets logged when you post , don’t you.

      Take a massive faceplant, and get ready to meet Big Bruce at your local lock-up

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      I know where you live says:
      June 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Get your head out of your ass before it’s too late, and you end up in jail. Believe me, that will be happening to people like you in your lifetime.

      I don’t know where you live but I know people like you. Totalitarian movements draw you like moths to a flame.

    • Nicholas McGinley says:

      You are a psychopathic cretin, you know that don’t you?
      The only thing going to happen is everyone will be laughing at you and the rest of your doomsday cult.

  9. Mr Sir says:

    It’s been a while since you’ve shown the “Arctic Sea Ice Volume” chart. I bet it’s really low, and that’s why you haven’t shown it.

    • rah says:

      You lose as usual Mr. Sir

    • rah says:

      And you lose some more Mr. Sir, as usual.
      “NASA – Largest glacier in Greenland is growing for third year in a row”

      And I suspect you and the rest of the alarmists like Jim are going to continue to lose a lot. The North Atlantic Oscillation has already flipped to it’s cold phase and the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation while still in it’s warm phase has been heading south towards it’s cold phase in fits and starts for some time now. When it get into negative territory no amount of data adjustment and manipulation will provide cover for the human caused CO2 climate change scam and scammers.

      • Mr Sir says:

        “Largest glacier in Greenland is growing for third year in a row”

        How about the news that arctic permafrost is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted?

        • Colorado Wellington says:

          You are a pathetic sight, Little Man. Everyone can see that you are just throwing mud around you in the hope that something–anything–will hit and stick.

        • Who koo's fan says:

          How about the news Elvis and James Dean were seen hanging out together just yesterday. Definitely not fake news.

        • Disillusioned says:

          It really requires suspension of rationale and a state of extreme gullibility to believe the CO2 warming hyped-pothesis, after being bombarded with damning dissenting data time and again.

          Wake up little boy. AGW is a global government anti-science scam pushed by the UN that mother nature has been falsifying for decades.

        • Gator says:

          It’s called an “interglacial”, Little Man. It is supposed to be getting warmer, just like all the other interglacials before it. Why is this so very hard to understand for you? Geologists predicted this warming decades ago, long before your religion was invented by communist grantologists who hate poor brown people.

          Do you enjoy being ignorant? I sure hope so, for your sake.

        • dennisambler says:

          How about when it wasn’t there 125, 000 years ago?

          Alaska science Forum 1998: Ancient Clues from a Frozen Forest Article #1409, by Ned Rozell

          “Péwé said the frozen forest at Eva Creek thrived at
          a time that was up to 5 degrees Celsius warmer than it is today, when there was little-to-no permafrost.
          Because the frozen forest is full of charred trees, Péwé suspects there were a lot of forest fires 125,000 years ago. Insect galleries carved into the bark of some of the frozen spruce indicate that the spruce bark beetle was also here then.

          During a cooling period, about 120,000 years ago, the Eva Creek trees died and were eventually covered with
          loess from dust storms that began on the Tanana Flats.
          The fine, powdery soil, the consistency of flour, was originally part of mountains in the Alaska Range before it was pulverized by the weight and force of glaciers and carried with melt water to the Tanana River. In the river, much of the silt settled in dry channels and riverbanks, where the wind picked it up and carried it somewhere

          In an incredibly gradual process, loess coated the Eva Creek forest. The ancient trees froze as the climate became cold enough to produce permafrost.”

        • Angus Therm says:

          The permafrost is thawing faster than predicted? The NSIDC doesn’t seem to support that theory:

          Seems like the data supports the opposite…

  10. rah says:

    BTW Tony, Joe Bastardi used one of your photos of snow on the mountains from this post and gave you a shout out on his daily update today.

  11. Who koo's fan says:

    When you have unseasonal abomidable weather there is sometimes an abomidable snowman involved. I wonder if Mr Sir’s real name is Sasquatch. The poor thing.

  12. Psalmon says:

    The Colorado River Apr-Jul runoff into Lake Powell has finally begun after late season cold and snow delayed the snow melt.

    Lake Powell levels have increased 1.23 feet/day over the past week…about 15 inches/day. Flows are between 75-80 KCFS which is second highest in the last 10 year behind 2011 which was ~90K at this time then. That is a modest flood by Colorado River standards so far. High is when you get over 100K. Really high is 2-4 x that but that has only happened a handful of times in hundreds of years.

    We will see how long this is sustained, but forecasts are for a 10 MAF runoff, ~12th all time, with about 4 MAF still to go. Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison (a Colorado tributary) is not expected to peak until July. Snow is even forecast for Wyoming, so we still have a long way to go.

    From the USGS writeups, it looks like all upstream reservoirs will fill this year and Powell will make it to 3625, maybe 3630 depending on what they release downstream. That would constitute a 55-60 foot rise for 2019. That will overcome the disastrous 2018, which erased four years of solid increases.

    Another Canary slowly dying. More to come….

  13. MGJ says:

    From experience, whenever standing at the bottom of a mountain, assessing the snow and wondering whether it justifies ice axes, crampons etc., if you can see ANY snow then the answer is yes. There’s always – in my experience – far more snow up there than it looks from below.

  14. Who koo's fan says:

    Hi Tony. The tree in the middle of the first photo shows a heap of claw marks on the left side of the bole some of which continue up the tree. Have you any idea on what make of beasty would have done this please?

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