Yellowstone floods and global warming | LETTER
For Pete’s sake, no one understands what happened with the Yellowstone flood (“Rebuilding Yellowstone a Costly and Time-consuming Task,” Review-Journal, June 19). Global warming and now climate change are widely misused terms ready to be twisted and inserted to explain any natural occurrence.
Right now I’m sitting an hour from the east entrance to Yellowstone. While Las Vegas is sweltering, spring has been unusually cold in the northern Rockies. A steady succession of cold fronts swept through the region adding inches and at times feet of snow to a slightly below normal spring snowpack. The ice on Yellowstone Lake generally melts completely by mid-May. Ice still covered most of the lake on May 31.
Despite alarmist claims of excessive heat leading up to the brief flood three days ago highs were in the upper 60s and one day reaching 72 degrees. Barely scorching and completely normal. This was combined with rain which accelerated the late snowmelt. That’s the story: cold, unlucky regional timing for a few roads, and a Yellowstone workers dormitory that continues to be shown in news footage falling into the river.
A note to reporters: Stop going to the Center for Biological Diversity for so much natural resource information. The group’s spokespersons seem to have an answer, no matter what they know. Center quotes in this article refer to thermal features and roads that have nothing to do with where the flood damage occurred and where the roads will need to be repaired or relocated.
The real tragedy is how this event will be used by a number of environmental and activist groups to dramatize and solicit donations that will do nothing to help Yellowstone’s wildlife and resources.