Climate change: Here and now at national parks
Jarvis has made it clear as head of the federal agency there is no higher priority than climate change on his agenda.
Everything is different, he told his staff at a meeting on his first day. From now on, the single most important issue facing the National Park Service is, and will forever be in your lifetimes, climate change.
At Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, one of the oldest national parks in the U.S., operations for more than a century were built upon a predictable weather pattern.
Heavy snows would begin to fall in autumn. The snow would grow thicker through winter until it packed 25 feet deep.
In the spring, rain would replace the snow, and the snow pack would act like a giant sponge, soaking up all the water until the warm summer months would melt them all and fuel the rivers below.
But by the time current National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis was appointed superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in 1999, things had started to change.
The rain wouldn’t wait its turn, falling early in autumn when the snow pack was only a few feet thick. The snow couldn’t handle or hold the sudden soaking. Floods became a problem.
Then, in November 2006, devastation struck. A slow-moving weather system called the “Pineapple Express” hovered over the state. In less than 36 hours, 18 inches of rain fell on the mountain.
The resulting flood was devastating. It washed out roads, knocked out power, took out campgrounds. One campsite called Sunshine Point had been there for a century, but the flood scoured it down to the bedrock. The park closed to the public for seven months.
The National Park Service already was well aware that things were changing worldwide, not just in their parks. Glaciers were receding. Wildfires were burning longer and hotter. Vegetation was growing at altitudes unheard of before. And, yes, temperatures were getting warmer.
There is nothing the National Parks can do to affect the climate, and the entire basis of his belief system is superstition and ignorance. Mt Rainier has always had autumn floods. Jarvis is a true believer – with an empty head.
This imbecile says that Washington is warming, but temperatures In Washington State have been declining for the past 25 years.
Obama has surrounded himself with people even stupider than he is – if that is possible.
h/t to Tom Nelson