The National Weather Service (NWS) has reported that this winter, 2023, in Yellowstone National Park was among the coldest and snowiest winters on record.

Just to be clear on that, humans have only been keeping records in that area just just a little over 100 years. That's a very small sample of the regions history.

The park received 113-137 percent of average snowpack at various locations.

Below-average temperatures were recorded in Mammoth and Old Faithful.

The Tetons have also had the snowiest winter on record.

As far as record keeping goes, that's just one winter.

To get an idea of what is happening in the long term we have to look at trends that go way beyond what few records have been kept over the past 100 years.

Of the 17 cycles between glacial and interglacial periods we know of we find that glacial periods lasted longer than the interglacial periods.

The last glacial period began about 100,000 years ago and lasted until 25,000 years ago.

As nears as we can tell Earth has NOT had polar ice caps through most of it's history.

So when we think of the current North & South Poles, those are what's left of the last ice age.

Winter, as we experience it, is what is left of the last ice age that is still, slowly, coming to and end.

Snowmobilers Ride At Yellowstone National Despite Environmentalists Opposition
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Today we are in a warm interglacial period.

The planet has been warming, slowly, for a long time.

The American West has been getting drying, slowly, for a very long time.

Long before humans arrived on the scene.

These trends that began at the last glacial period started ending is still warming and drying the West to this day.

Following the trends helps us understand what might happen in the next few thousand years. But there is really now way of knowing if we will plunge into another ice age or continue to get warmer.

All scientist can do is look at the evidence and make their best guess as to what they think might happen next.

As humans, to survive, we have to adapt, which we are pretty good a doing, so far.

Wyoming April Blizzard 2023

It was a record breaking snow storm.

Listeners to the Wake Up Wyoming Show with Glenn Woods offered up photos from across Wyoming of the piles of snow around their homes after a spring storm that lasted almost 3 days.

Its funny what snow does when it settles.

But then, after the laughter, comes the work of digging out.

WEIRD Wyoming Snow Drifts April Blizzard 2022

Snow Crushes Wheatland, Wyoming Airplane Hangars

This row of hangars goes back many years. Some history was lost under a crush of snow.

March 21st, 2021. A record-breaking snowstorm had shut down most of Wyoming and was not yet done. Below is a gallery of photos as cleanup continues.

One of the small airports in Platte County, Wyoming is Phifer Airfield on Antelope Gap Road, east of Wheatland. Platte County has the Wheatland airport, along with one in Torrington and Guernsey. They were all shut down in the storm.

Wyoming Snow Day

Wednesday's Storm across the state left a beautiful mess

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