Roundup: Dust, Collapse, and Fire

Dust Distribution in East Asia

From Journal of Meteorological Research: “East Asian dust (EAD) exerts considerable impacts on the energy balance and climate/climate change of the earth system through its influence on solar and terrestrial radiation, cloud properties, and precipitation efficiency. Providing an accurate description of the life cycle and climate effects of EAD is therefore critical to better understanding of climate change and socioeconomic development in East Asia and even worldwide.”

Read more about how dust increases glacial melt here.

A schematic representation of how dust shapes precipitation patterns in Asia and Africa (Source: Journal of Meteorological Research).

 

Swiss Glacier Collapses

From The Washington Post: “Part of a glacier in the Swiss Alps has broken off and tumbled onto a glacier below after some 220 people in a small nearby town were evacuated as a precaution. Authorities ordered a partial evacuation of Saas-Grund on Saturday after radar surveillance of the Trift glacier, above the southern town, showed the glacier’s snout moving at a rate of up to 130 centimeters (51 inches) per day.”

Read more about the Trift Glacier avalanche here.

The town of Saas-Grund was evacuated in anticipation of an avalanche on nearby Trift Glacier (Source: Wandervogel/Wikimedia).

 

Glacier National Park Landmark Burns

From NPR: ” The Sperry Chalet was one of a handful lodges built in the early 1900s by the Great Northern Railway. The Swiss-themed complexes were spaced about a day’s horseback ride apart. Before the Sperry Chalet burned, it and the Granite Park Chalet were the only two left standing. Sperry’s two-story dormitory is considered a complete loss, but the nearby kitchen and dining room may be salvageable. That potential silver lining has social media buzzing with memories of the roasts, pies, fresh coffee and crispy bacon served daily by the chalet’s dedicated kitchen staff.”

Read more about this casualty of the Sprague Fire here.

Sperry Lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Source: National Park Service/Wikimedia).
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