Greenland’s Ice Takes a Summer Vacation

Via The Atlantic Greenland’s ‘Extreme Melt Event’

In a five-day period in July, Greenland experienced an “extreme melt event.” On July 8, about 40 percent of the ice cover had thawed a bit at the surface. Five days later, an estimated 97 percent of the surface area was thawing. Nearly the entire surface of the ice sheet, from the very edges to the very center, saw some thawing.


The last such melt event occurred in 1889, according to data from ice cores, and scientists say they would expect such an event about every 150 years. They’ll be monitoring the ice closely in the years ahead to see if this turns out to be a regular aberration, or an irregular one.

Wow.  Image at the link.

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  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    No link.

  2. mantis says:

    Here’s the link.

  3. Ron Beasley says:

    Here is the link. Just the latest indication that those “alarmist” climate change people were optimistic.

  4. @Neil Hudelson: Oops. Fixed. Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Ernieyeball says:
  6. Rick Almeida says:

    This is not possible. Dr. Florack and Prof. Phillips have proved the Earth is not warming.

  7. 11B40 says:


    Mmmm, since 1889 ??? Wouldn’t that be a sesquicentennial vacation ????