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Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Is Gushing at a Record Pace

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Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Is Gushing at a Record Pace
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/science/steamboat-geyser-yellowstone.html

By Jim Robbins / Science / The New York Times / nytimes.com / Feb. 8, 2019

“YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Late last year, Jeff Carter happened upon Steamboat Geyser, the tallest active geyser in the world, just before it erupted.

“It was so much louder, and higher and stronger than anything I had seen, almost frightening,” he said.

“People around us were so emotional, just cheering and roaring,” Mr. Carter said. “This old fellow who had it on his bucket list was so verklempt when the geyser erupted, it was neat.”

All but dormant for years, Steamboat is erupting fairly frequently these days and more people like Mr. Carter are getting to witness it.

While Old Faithful is a global icon of punctual eruption — it usually erupts every 90 minutes or so — it is the exception among geothermal features. Most of Yellowstone National Park’s 1,000 or so geysers are far more irregular and unpredictable.

Many geysers, like Steamboat, are quiet and then suddenly rouse. Steamboat sometimes jets water to heights of 300 to 400 feet — far higher than Old Faithful’s top height of 185 feet — for anywhere from a few minutes to about an hour.

After the jet of water in its eruption, Steamboat — in Norris Geyser Basin, the park’s hottest — goes into a ferocious, churning steam phase that can last for two days. On a recent visit early this month, Steamboat was shooting clouds of white steam in huge volumes, sounding like a jet engine or a giant foam steamer for a latte.

There were only very occasional eruptions until last March when Steamboat blasted off. It has been erupting every week or two since. It set an all time record with 32 eruptions in 2018, besting its total of 29 set in 1964. It has continued that pace of eruptions in 2019 and last erupted on Feb. 1....”
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The steam phase of Steamboat Geyser
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I learned a new word, "verklempt." Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the article. We'll be in Yellowstone in September. I hope it'll still be active then! :thumbup:

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Thanks for the article. We'll be in Yellowstone in September. I hope it'll still be active then! :thumbup:

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I beat ya. We'll be there in 2 weeks. The big outing will be the 1930s snow coach into the park. They go to both Norris (Canyon) and Old Faithful. Last time into the Park, Steamboat had been just idling for about 40 years. If there is a chance to see it in all its glory, we'll divert over that way.

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I beat ya. We'll be there in 2 weeks. The big outing will be the 1930s snow coach into the park. They go to both Norris (Canyon) and Old Faithful. Last time into the Park, Steamboat had been just idling for about 40 years. If there is a chance to see it in all its glory, we'll divert over that way.

Jim
Sounds great!! If you do go, and it’s going off, please take pictures and post them here. For as many times as I’ve seen Steamboat Geyser, it’s never done more than percolate a bit.

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I beat ya. We'll be there in 2 weeks. The big outing will be the 1930s snow coach into the park. They go to both Norris (Canyon) and Old Faithful. Last time into the Park, Steamboat had been just idling for about 40 years. If there is a chance to see it in all its glory, we'll divert over that way.

Jim
I love yellowstone in winter..have done the snowcoach and snowmobile. It was interesting cross country skiing around Old Faithful with all the bison milling around.

Our next trip is July..DH loves to Flyfish the Madison.
 

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I have in Yellowstone just as the roads were opening up. So it is winter and it is NOT. I have been there the last week of April. It was a week after the road to West Yellowstone opened. And while we were there the opened the road to Lake Yellowstone. One of the last roads to open is usually the stretch from Old Faithful over to the Tetons. That doesn't open until early to mid May. The road from the north entrance to Old Faithful and from the North Entrance through Lamar Valley stays open year round. The West, South and East entrances are closed to cars in the winter, but snow vehicles are permitted.

Certainly winter in the higher passes. But the big valley like Lamar would completely free of snow for the most part.

Mike Myers based his Linda "I'm Verklempt" Richmond character on this MIL. I love the episode with Madonna and Mike Myers when Barbara Streisand showed up unexpectedly (7:20).

 
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Now I’m verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give a topic. Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser is neither steam nor a boat. Discuss.
Good one. If I was another SNL cast member, I could say, "Now, isn't that special!" :)

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We have visited the park in all seasons. It's a magical place. It's difficult to plan ahead for when various sections of road will open in Spring. We tried one time to make lap over Memorial Day Weekend and ended up tailgating a picnic as the table had 6 feet of snow on it. This week is on bonus time from Trading Places. We figure that if we camp in the TS unit and watch the fireplace and the snow outside with a coach ride or two, it'll make a nice winter break. The coach drivers know where the wildlife hangs out and there is a really good elk/bison chili at Old Faithful Inn. They'll also know Steamboat's status. It also helps to live just 4 hours away.

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<<< Jealous. :)

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As much as I love Alaska and especially Denali National Park, I started going to Yellowstone (almost annually) to get a fix when I couldn't get to Alaska. Yellowstone is far too busy for me with tourists, but I still brave the crowds and make the best of it.

This year, I'll be lucky enough to do both . . . Yellowstone in May and Alaska's inside passage ports in July!
 

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As much as I love Alaska and especially Denali National Park, I started going to Yellowstone (almost annually) to get a fix when I couldn't get to Alaska. Yellowstone is far too busy for me with tourists, but I still brave the crowds and make the best of it.

This year, I'll be lucky enough to do both . . . Yellowstone in May and Alaska's inside passage ports in July!
We are truly loving our National Parks to death. I have no answers, and have no desire to restrict entrance to a select few, chosen by their ability to pay. All that results in is yet another Disney. Still, it's disheartening to go to the Park and find the parking lots choked with dozens of tour buses filled to capacity with people who just a few years ago were not allowed to see such wonders. On a personal note, this is one reason we are going to Yellowstone during Winter. (top secret: We'll be there in July, too)

Enjoy your visit, Von, and your non-cruise cruise, too.

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We have visited the park in all seasons. It's a magical place. It's difficult to plan ahead for when various sections of road will open in Spring. We tried one time to make lap over Memorial Day Weekend and ended up tailgating a picnic as the table had 6 feet of snow on it. This week is on bonus time from Trading Places. We figure that if we camp in the TS unit and watch the fireplace and the snow outside with a coach ride or two, it'll make a nice winter break. The coach drivers know where the wildlife hangs out and there is a really good elk/bison chili at Old Faithful Inn. They'll also know Steamboat's status. It also helps to live just 4 hours away.

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Is this heaven?
 

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We are truly loving our National Parks to death. I have no answers, and have no desire to restrict entrance to a select few, chosen by their ability to pay. All that results in is yet another Disney. Still, it's disheartening to go to the Park and find the parking lots choked with dozens of tour buses filled to capacity with people who just a few years ago were not allowed to see such wonders. On a personal note, this is one reason we are going to Yellowstone during Winter. (top secret: We'll be there in July, too)

Enjoy your visit, Von, and your non-cruise cruise, too.

Jim
Thank you Jim! I hope you guys enjoy your trip(s) too!

I'm always fascinated and interested in Yellowstone in the winter. I hope to do it some day.

As for the park crowds, I agree that it's going to be difficult to control or limit the numbers of people inside the park. I have enjoyed going very early in the season (1st week of June in 2017 and late May last year) . . . which is why I'm opting for 5/20-5/25 again this year.
 

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Going in May there was so little tourists it was awesome.
 

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As much as I love Alaska and especially Denali National Park, I started going to Yellowstone (almost annually) to get a fix when I couldn't get to Alaska. Yellowstone is far too busy for me with tourists, but I still brave the crowds and make the best of it.

This year, I'll be lucky enough to do both . . . Yellowstone in May and Alaska's inside passage ports in July!
I am so glad we didn't have those crowds when we visited Yellowstone (mid-Sept in 2011). We were in the park by 9 am everyday- except when we had dinner in the evening at Old Faithful Inn. And we had no issues driving through it to the Tetons for a day trip with some stops, including the Yellowstone Lake and hotel.

I mean- there were certainly people and some tour buses, but nothing we couldn't deal with- and trust me- I HATE crowds.
 

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We have visited the park in all seasons. It's a magical place. It's difficult to plan ahead for when various sections of road will open in Spring. We tried one time to make lap over Memorial Day Weekend and ended up tailgating a picnic as the table had 6 feet of snow on it. This week is on bonus time from Trading Places. We figure that if we camp in the TS unit and watch the fireplace and the snow outside with a coach ride or two, it'll make a nice winter break. The coach drivers know where the wildlife hangs out and there is a really good elk/bison chili at Old Faithful Inn. They'll also know Steamboat's status. It also helps to live just 4 hours away.

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Jim We lived in Rigby for 10years in the 80"s...about 2 hours away. It was so nice back then....anytime we felt like going we would just call and make a reservation to stay that weekend...now you have to book a year in advance to stay in the park. We have stayed at every one of the different accommodations and in all seasons. The ski club usually made a winter trip. Now we are 7-8 hours away and only go once a year ....Sept used to be our favorite time but the last time we went it was still really crowded.

We were surprised when we went to Ranier..they meter the cars...they keep count ad only let a certain number in, then you wait till some come out. Maybe yellowstone will start something like that.
 

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We were surprised when we went to Ranier..they meter the cars...they keep count ad only let a certain number in, then you wait till some come out. Maybe yellowstone will start something like that.
They will ultimately have to do something. There are so many international guests that the parking areas anywhere near thermal features just about need shuttles. The lots around Old Faithful & Canyon are just crammed with buses so you have to wait while one pulls out in order to park. And the big motorhomes don't help either. You need to reserve an in-the-park campsite over a year in advance. The week we own there (29) is about the peakest of the peak, and there is plenty to do outside the Park. I fish. DW paints and we have places where we get away from the crowds. It's not too hard. 95% won't get out of their cars and you can only see 3 % of the park from ANY road.

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Going in May there was so little tourists it was awesome.
That's changed in the last year or so. We were there in early May last year and the place was pretty crowded. The timeshare we were at (WM) had to staff way up much earlier than in the past. For that year, I was able to pick up a few days in early May with only a few months notice. This year, it booked up from early May a year in advance.
The roads were open west and north but not the Lake or the roads on the east side. The crowds at Old Faithful were similar to what it used to be in the summer so now the summer must be insane. Lot's of people out looking at critters with lots of critter jams. We are loving our National Parks to death and not providing the staff needed to protect it.

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I am so glad we didn't have those crowds when we visited Yellowstone (mid-Sept in 2011). We were in the park by 9 am everyday- except when we had dinner in the evening at Old Faithful Inn. And we had no issues driving through it to the Tetons for a day trip with some stops, including the Yellowstone Lake and hotel.

I mean- there were certainly people and some tour buses, but nothing we couldn't deal with- and trust me- I HATE crowds.
You know it's bad when the parking lot access is closed to certain areas . . . Norris (where Steamboat Geyser is located) is one area that if you get there after 10am, there's a good chance you won't be allowed in to park.
 
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