Last Snow on the Pyramids


A tiny patch of snow is all that remains on the Pyramids on 11 June of this year

I was interested to see the photo below show up on one of today’s “on this date in” links. In contrast to this year when the snow was off by mid-June, back in 2009 there was still a pretty good-sized patch of snow on the Pyramids in mid-August.

I looked through my pictures for others showing when the snow went off the Pyramids, and the only one I could find was from 2012, when the last tiny bit of snow was melting around the end of the first week of September.

If I’m remembering correctly, I think both 2008 and 2012 were years that had more (and more persistent) mountain snow than usual, but I think this year was probably unusually early.

Questions:

  • Does anyone else have pictures showing summer snow patches on the Pyramids from other years?
  • What is the range of dates for the last snow on the Pyramids?
  • Are the years I’ve captured indicative of the extremes?
  • How does the current melt-off date compare to the little ice age?

About matt goff

I am an aspiring naturalist who seeks to learn all that I can about the more-than-human aspects of this place that is my home.
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