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  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 13 hours ago

    And this is another opportunity for the Red Queen ["Off with her head!!!"] folks to emerge. How can I tell? It's a day of the week ending in 'y' and Jon Jarvis' name has been mentioned publicly.

    My best understanding is that when Jon Jarvis was nominated for the position most old time parkies were happy that one of their own made it up from the ranks. And since he entered office he has been mired in one after another of the no-win issues that would have been troublesome to anyone.

    To immediately start yelling for his head on any issue you disagree with is as much a confession on your part as an indictment on his part.

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 13 hours ago

    I totally agree with SmokiesBackpacker. Director Jarvis does not have a clue on what it takes to become a National Park and his visit and statements to the people of Texas at the Waco Mammoth Site are just irresponsible. There is a process to be followed to determine if a site has the national significance, suitability and feasibility to become a National Park. Perhaps Mr. Jarvis should consult with his staff before visiting potential new park areas and making irresponsible statements.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 15 hours ago

    Does she explain why they left precipitation out of the study?

    Given this review:

    As Diane Ackerman writes in her brilliant new book, The Human Age, "our relationship with nature has changed…radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable."

    I am surprised you recommended it.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 15 hours ago

    An excellent book to read if you want something that will make a thinking person think.

    THE HUMAN AGE - The Earth Shaped by Us

    Diane Ackerman - Pulitzer Prize author

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 16 hours ago

    News Flash! A big storm is blowing into the Pacific Northwest this weekend and will dump up to two feet of snow in the mountain passes. People are advised to carry chains. And just when you thought it was safe to believe in global warming!

    Seriously, Mother Nature has an agenda of her own. She thinks in 10,000-year soundbites, the last one of which began with ice covering much of North America. She then destroyed the Bering Land Bridge and hasn't stopped since. Meanwhile, somewhere out there in the Asteroid Belt, another behemoth has our name on it. Shoemaker-Levy crashed into Jupiter, but that will not always be the case.

    Living is dangerous to your health. Stop worrying about things you cannot change. Every day is a gift, and yes, the earth will go on without us. Now, where is that wind farm you want to sell me again? You say the earth will not survive without it? She's been doing a pretty good job for 5 billion years without us. But yes, the bumps and bruises of that are hard for us 70-year machines to take.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 19 hours ago

    Beachdumb is confusing education with intelligence particularly when it comes to Republicans. Their views have more to do with Fox News and ideology and little to do with intelligence.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 20 hours ago

    Cute. You think it's news that a poll found that republicans thought less of climate change than democrats?

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 20 hours ago

    A recent Gallup Poll shows that very few intelligent people buy into the global warming scam.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/182159/college-educated-republicans-skeptical...

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 21 hours ago

    Eric, my feeling is with global warming you have precipitation change.

    And without global warming, you have precipitation change.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 22 hours ago

    True, but in some locals, it may be a more dramatic shift. In studies of the dust bowl days they say the cultivation of ground that had never grown crops, contributed to the cause of the dust bowl.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    it doesn't really matter, does it?

    Kurt, is the snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas low because of temperature or because of lack of precipitation? Is Lake Mead 136 feet below pool level because of temperature or lack of precipitation? Precipitation level is a critical variable to snowpack levels. One has to wonder (not really) why those doing this "study" failed to consider it.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    Eric, my feeling is with global warming you have precipitation change. It effects ocean currents, which effects where the moisture goes.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    And is important to study to see how it may or may not effect you locally, nationally or globally. Human caused or not.

    I agree 100% with that David. Someone made that point earlier in a guest article and was aggressively attacked.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    I think everyone agrees the planet is warming, Gary. They just don't agree what we can do about it--or should do about it. In the words of the human ecologist Garrett Hardin, "We can never do merely one thing." All things are related, and all things have consequences. And even if we do the "right" thing there are no guarantees.

    I miss the humility educators had in the 1970s when all of this was first being "studied." On one point, however, scientists seemed to agree. More people on the planet would not making solving its problems easier, no matter what the problem was.

    So here we are--now deep into the "Grand Experiment" as to what Mother Earth can absorb. How much plastic? How much carbon? How much CO2? How much land scraped bare for cities and agriculture, when the land itself has always "known" something else? That Yellowstone cannot escape the consequences, either, should not surprise us at this late date.

    Then what are we selling? A panacea? Those humorous wind turbines pictured on the top of Half Dome the other day? None of it is going to work the way we want it to work, because we can never do merely one thing.

    The only certainty is that someone will get rich making the sale. I say we should be selling birth control, but then, I believed the first book I read on the issue way back in 1968.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    Temperature increase globally will cause some parts of our globe to be wetter, some to be drier, some to be hotter, some parts to be colder. And is important to study to see how it may or may not effect you locally, nationally or globally. Human caused or not.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    periods of temperatures above freezing will melt that snowpack more quickly.

    True, but is that a greater contributor or is less precipitation the major (predominant) contributor? The tree rings don't know and this study doesn't even address the issue.

    it doesn't really matter, does it?

    Yes it does.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 23 hours ago

    But EC, regardless of the amount of precipitation that falls as snow, leading either to a deep or thin snowpack, longer periods of temperatures above freezing will melt that snowpack more quickly.

    If you get 2 inches of snow, and the temperature is 20 degrees for weeks, that snow will stick around quite a bit longer, and provide a longer period of moisture for vegetation, than if you get 2 inches of snow and two days later the temperature is 35 degrees and rising fast.

    If you look at Figure 8 in the study, the graphs clearly point out the impact rising temperatures have had on the park's snowpack.

    Would it be nice if they had annual measurements of moisture that fell as both rain and snow in the study? Sure. But if the temperature trend is to more days above freezing, it doesn't really matter, does it?

    Figure 8 shows the peak (greatest) snow water equivalent (regardless of date of occurrence), the length of snow season (days), and the number of days needed to melt the snowpack have all declined significantly (p < 0.05) at the Northeast Entrance since records began in 1966. In other words, there is less total snow, for fewer days each year, and it is melting faster. The “winter” at this location is roughly one month shorter than it was 45 years ago because of a progressively earlier spring (figure 8, bottom right). Analyses of all SNOTEL stations in and near Yellowstone with more than 30 years of available data are showing similar patterns at many locations.

  • National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I see value in removing Jarvis as NPS director. What kind of bureaucrat recommends adding to a system he can't presently manage WITH steady increases to his budget? The guy has dropped visitation to the NPS, implemented fees across the system and wonders why visitation has dropped and now this? Only in the federal government is such stupidity so handsomely rewarded.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Beachdump, please speak for yourself. The only people that look foolish in today's world are those that deny that the planet is warming.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 1 day ago

    In a hard rain, much of the moisture runs off and is not soaked in for the trees. Snow would act more like a long drizzle. So how moisture falls does effect the plants and species that live somewhere.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I think Kurt has it right and that trees do 'care' whether precipitation falls as rain or snow. Snowpack accumulation helps extend the period of moister soils into the high sun-angle summer season when most conifer photosynthesis occurs and when their water demand is highest.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Kurt I understand that. My point is if there is less precipitation, there is going to be less snow. This study does not take into account how much precipitation there was over the time frame - although they did note it was less. Was the snowpack lower because it was warmer, or was it lower because there was less precipitation? The tree rings don't answer that question and neither does the "study", it just jumps to the conclusion its the temperature. But then, that is what might expect from a publications whose existence is predicated on the believe in global warming.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 1 day ago

    EC, snowpack holds that moisture, whether great or small, for longer periods of time and slowly releases it and makes it more readily available for trees to absorb. Rain events lead both to comparatively rapid runoff as well as evaporation that whisks that moisture away more quickly and so makes it unavailable to trees and other vegetation.

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 1 day ago

    What we certainly can conclude from the tree ring data, is that human stupidity has never been higher at any time during the last 3,000 years. ;-)

  • Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Yes Kurt, but the tree rings can't tell if they have gotten less moisture because of less snow or because of less precipitation. Less precipitation will cause less moisture, whether it falls as rain or as snow.