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U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Water-Resources Investigations Report 00-4265

Water, Ice, Meteorological, and Speed Measurements at South Cascade Glacier, Washington, 1999 Balance Year

By Robert M. Krimmel

ABSTRACT

Winter snow accumulation and summer snow, firn, and ice melt were measured at South Cascade Glacier, Washington, to determine the winter and net balances for the 1999 balance year. The 1999 winter snow balance, averaged over the glacier, was 3.59 meters, and the net balance was 1.02 meters. Since the winter balance record began in 1959, only three winters have had a higher winter balance. Since the net balance record began in 1953, only 2 years have had a greater positive net balance than 1999. Runoff was measured from the glacier and an adjacent non-glacierized basin. Air temperature, precipitation, and humidity were measured nearby, and ice speed was measured. This report makes these data available to the glaciological and climatological community.

CONTENTS

Abstract
Introduction
1999 Balance Year Data Collection
Data Reduction
Mass Balance
Conclusions
References Cited

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Send questions or comments about this report to the author, Robert Krimmel (rkrimmel@usgs.gov) 253.428.3600 ext. 2647.

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