Rapid snow melt on the Quinault River - 200805LJW

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Larry Workman QIN on May 18, 2008

May 16, 2008 broke all the temperatures records for this date. It reached 93 F in Hoquiam (34 C). This brief heat wave quickly melted a lot of snow in the mountains. Here from the upper bridge of the Quinault River the river was swollen and the water was filled with ancient gray glacial flour. The glaciers are now too small on this river to create this look of an active glacial river. The flood from last winter had stirred the old gravel deposits and now the rising water picked up the fine glacial powder to produce this look.

Jim Ball on May 19, 2008

NO WAY!!! 93 DEGREES!! That's hotter than here is Augusta, GA! The world is coming to an end! Did they close the schools! Do the schools even have air conditioning in Grays Harbor!!?? Just kidding but that is unreal. I think we can safely take this as a harbinger of things to come unfortunately. I haven't lived in WA for over 20 years so it amazed me a few years ago when my mom told me she was on watering restrictions(Lakewood, WA) a few years ago. watering restrictions in Washington State sounded rediculous to me but now I understand why. I assume the glaciers in the Cascades are in the same shape as the Olympics. Maybe mankind can change in time.

Larry Workman QIN on May 20, 2008

The glacial flour finally made it thought Lake Quinault and now the river in front of my office is the same gray color.

We are back to cooler temps and scattered showers, but the Memorial Day Weekend is looking good.


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Photo taken in Olympic National Park, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA

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  • Uploaded on May 18, 2008
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    by Larry Workman QIN
    • Taken on 2008/05/16 14:05:30
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash