Updated . . .URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MT 1149 PM MDT THU AUG 22 2013 MTZ104>108-232100- /O.CON.KMSO.FW.W.0008.130823T0600Z-130823T2100Z/ KOOTENAI-FLATHEAD/GLACIER PARK-WEST LOLO- SALISH AND KOOTENAI RESERVATION-EAST LOLO- 1149 PM MDT THU AUG 22 2013 ...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM MDT FRIDAY FOR THE KOOTENAI...FLATHEAD/GLACIER PARK...WEST LOLO...SALISH AND KOOTENAI RESERVATION...EAST LOLO... A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM MDT FRIDAY. * THUNDERSTORMS: THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL IDAHO AND NORTHWEST MONTANA THROUGH FRIDAY. SCATTERED TO WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRODUCE LIGHTNING AND GUSTY ERRATIC WINDS. * TIMING: STORMS WILL EXIST THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING IS INTENDED TO ALERT LAND MANAGERS TO EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT ALONG WITH SUFFICIENTLY DRY FUELS...WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE FIRE DANGER. && $$
The gate at the foot of Moran Basin Road is open again, restoring access to the trail to the old Coal Ridge lookout and points nearby. The trail should be in good shape. Earlier this year, a forest service crew cleaned it up. They also performed maintenance on the old patrol cabin.
Moran Basin Road is the second left heading westbound on Hay Creek Road. The Coal Ridge trailhead is about three miles up Moran Basin Road, just before the terminating “kelly hump.”
Update: This summer’s crew did more than just clean up the trail to Coal Ridge, they performed major renovations to the old “pray-and-scramble” trailhead, replacing it with a couple of well-designed short switchbacks. Nicely done.
In case you were wondering why the air looked a little murky . . .
The Flathead Valley was socked in with smoke Thursday for the first time this summer, and according to the National Weather Service most of it was drifting in from wildfires in Idaho.
“Throughout Idaho there’s a lot of smoke,” meteorologist Marty Whitmore said Thursday morning. “We were in a westerly [wind] flow earlier this week, but now we are in much more of a southwesterly flow.”
There are five fires in Idaho that have exceed 10,000 acres, including the 108,094-acre Beaver Creek Fire and the 131,258-acre Elk Complex.
The Hungry Horse News has a fascinating report on a recent Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day session. A presentation by Kelly MacGregor, a geomorphologist and associate professor of geology at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, discussed the history of Grinnell Glacier over the past 22,000+ years as revealed by core samples from nearby lakes . . .
It’s well documented that the glaciers in Glacier National Park are receding and many have vanished. But when they were bigger, they were likely far bigger — in fact, the iconic Grinnell Glacier once likely extended nearly to what is now Swiftcurrent Lake.
Kelly MacGregor, a geomorphologist and associate professor of geology at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., has been studying the ebb and flow of Grinnell Glacier over the past 25,000 years.
Giant masses of moving ice, glaciers are difficult to study on the ground — the carving, grinding and shaping of the landscape occurs beneath them and simply can’t be observed. Glaciers also have a tendency to destroy, or at least alter, their geological tracks. But there is a way to track glaciers over time, MacGregor explained to a packed house at the Waterton-Glacier Science and History Day recently — by taking core samples from the sediments in the lakes that glaciers leave behind. She called the sediment in lakes “nature’s junk drawer” — heaped with remnants from the past.
Updated . . .URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MT 924 AM MDT THU AUG 22 2013 MTZ104>108-222330- /O.UPG.KMSO.FW.A.0002.130823T0600Z-130824T0000Z/ /O.EXB.KMSO.FW.W.0008.130823T0600Z-130823T2100Z/ KOOTENAI-FLATHEAD/GLACIER PARK-WEST LOLO- SALISH AND KOOTENAI RESERVATION-EAST LOLO- 924 AM MDT THU AUG 22 2013 ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 3 PM MDT FRIDAY FOR THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE KOOTENAI...FLATHEAD/GLACIER PARK...WEST LOLO...SALISH AND KOOTENAI RESERVATION...EAST LOLO... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR THUNDERSTORMS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 3 PM MDT FRIDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * THUNDERSTORMS: THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ALONG A DISTURBANCE MOVING THROUGH NORTH CENTRAL IDAHO INTO NORTHWEST MONTANA TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY. THIS FEATURE WILL CAUSE SCATTERED TO WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS CAUSING LIGHTNING AND GUSTY ERRATIC WINDS. * TIMING: STORMS WILL DEVELOP IN THE NEZ PERCE AND CLEARWATER NATIONAL FORESTS THIS EVENING AND MOVING INTO NORTHWEST MONTANA LATE TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING. THE THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD LINGER THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON FRIDAY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A RED FLAG WARNING IS INTENDED TO ALERT LAND MANAGERS TO EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT ALONG WITH SUFFICIENTLY DRY FUELS...WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE FIRE DANGER. && $$