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Old 05-15-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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10 May 09 – This past week, climatologist Cliff Harris of the Coeur d’Alene Press received an astounding report from Yakutat, Alaska, concerning the Hubbard Glacier. The glacier is advancing toward Gilbert Point near Yakutat at the astonishing rate of two meters (seven feet) per day!

Hubbard Glacier - CRREL Monitoring
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Nah, you're interpreting the data wrong. The glacier is melting because of global warming and the melted water is causing it to slide faster. Now, if it was receding, that too would be due to global warming because it caused less ice to form and the glacier is melting.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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Somebody forgot their morning coffee.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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Somebody needs to talk to Mother Nature.....
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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10 May 09 – This past week, climatologist Cliff Harris of the Coeur d’Alene Press received an astounding report from Yakutat, Alaska, concerning the Hubbard Glacier. The glacier is advancing toward Gilbert Point near Yakutat at the astonishing rate of two meters (seven feet) per day!

Hubbard Glacier - CRREL Monitoring
That seems only to say that "climatologist" Harris wanted some national press exposure, and found a way to get the attention of a raft full of suckers.

There are several glaciers in Alaska that have been growing during the period of global warming, and are known to have been shrinkng during the "Little Ice Age". The Hubbard Glacier is one of them; and it has a history of having blocked off the entrance to Russell Fiord not once, but twice, in recent history (1986 and 2002). During the 1986 closure the glacier was advancing at a rate of 11 feet per day, so the current 7 feet per day is not "astounding" at all.

Rather than read a web page that says nothing at all about it, or listen to a publicity seeker a thousand miles distant... Here are a couple of USGS articles that put it into better perspective:
FS-001-03--Hubbard Glacier, Alaska: Growing and Advancing in Spite of Global Climate Change and the 1986 and 2002 Russell Lake Outburst Floods
USGS Release: Advancing Glacier Coming Close to Blocking Fiord Near Yakutat, Alaska (6/18/2002)
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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As I'm am typing this, there is snow falling outside my window right now.
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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It's trying to rain here. I had so much snow my garden is still knee deep mud. I don't need rain yet!

Snow would be cool!
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Snow would be cool!
Snow usually is.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Poland, willing to live in US
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Damn, sorry to interfere in topic, but I just can't imagine any snow in May in the place where I live :P // This is Poland in Europe
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Damn, sorry to interfere in topic, but I just can't imagine any snow in May in the place where I live :P // This is Poland in Europe
That is what makes Alaska such an interesting place to live. You never know what kind of weather to expect next. It keeps us on our toes.
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