Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Annual Black Rapids trip

This was a quick three-day trip to Black Rapids to get all instruments ready for the summer. Just as last year, it was quite windy on the glacier and the slopes were so wind-loaded that I didn't dare going there to put up the cameras that we use to watch lake drainages.
The snow pack was quite unusual: Near the glacier terminus, there was no snow. It had all melted in an extreme warm event this winter. But the upper glacier had a record snow pack. This came right after the most ice loss there in 40 years of measurements.

Camp in the Lokket tributary

Nice view of Hayes from the Richardson Highway

The night we cam back there was a lunar eclipse. Here it is just starting (over the Tanana River)

Almost at full eclipse

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