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August 29, 2021

Whitney Glacier , Mount Shasta Losing all of its Snowcover and Separating in 2021

Sentinel 2 False and True Color images from 8-25-2021.  Yellow arrows indicate where glacier is separating and blue arrows the small remanent of 2021 snowpack remaining. This remanent will not last to the end of the melt season.  The summer of 2021 is proving to be catastrophic for Whitney Glacier on Mount Shasta, California in terms of volume loss, ~15-20% this year leading to long term impacts, adding to the …


September 30, 2014

Whitney Glacier Retreat and Thinning, Mount Shasta, California

Mount Shasta is a stratovolcano home to the largest glaciers in California. Of the seven glaciers on the mountain Whitney Glacier on the north side is the longest. The last two years 2013 and 2014 have seen hot dry summers separated by a dry winter in 2013/14, see below, how are the glaciers responding? In 1981 USGS (Driedger and Kennard, 1986) mapped the area and volume of several of the …