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H/t reader kevin a.
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Greenland’s ice sheet kicked off 2017 gaining about eight gigatons of snow and ice, which is well above what’s usually added to the ice sheet Jan. 1 for the last 24 years, according to Danish meteorologists.
In fact, Greenland’s ice sheet has been gaining ice and snow at a rate not seen in years based on Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) data. DMI reports the Greenland ice sheet’s “mass surface budget” has been growing significantly since October.
Greenland’s “surface mass budget” for winter 2016-2017 is already more than two standard deviations higher than the northern ice sheet’s mean snow and ice accumulation over the last 24 years. DMI data shows the ice sheet added 8 gigatons of ice and snow Jan. 1, well above the standard deviation for that day.
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Update 22/10/2016: Ex-Hurricane NICOLE brings snow bomb to Greenland – 12 gigatons record Eiszuwachs in one day (see chart.)
After the harsh cold October 2016, the weather models are threatened with an unusually early winter break at the October / November 2016 monthly change.
In this case, snowfall down to the lowlands is possible.
The JRC is now expecting an imminent slump in polar ice in large parts of Europe on the night of 1 November 2016.
On the back of a large low-pressure system over north-eastern Europe air masses are performed with temperatures around minus -35 ° C in approximately 5500 m height to Central Europe in a broad stream.…
Update 22.10.2016: Ex-Hurrikan NICOLE bringt Schneebombe nach Grönland – 12 Gigatonnen Rekord-Eiszuwachs an einem Tag (s. Grafik).
Nach dem bisher kalten Oktober 2016 nicht nur in Deutschland drohen die Wettermodelle mit einem ungewöhnlich frühen Wintereinbruch zum Monatswechsel Oktober/November 2016.
Dabei sind Schneefälle bis ins Flachland möglich.
GFS rechnet heute mit einem käftigen Einbruch hochreichender eisiger Polarluft in großen Teilen Europas in der Nacht zum 1. November 2016.
Auf der Rückseite eines umfangreichen Sturmtiefs über Nordosteuropa werden in breitem Strom Luftmassen mit Temperaturen um minus -35°C in rund 5500 m Höhe nach Mitteleuropa geführt.
Beats the mean average growth from 1990 to 2013.
Also beats 2014-2015 growth.
“We’re told that the ice in Greenland will disappear,” says Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever. But there’s no warming there.
“There’s information on the internet, which is wonderful, says Giaever. “And I looked it up.”
There are four harbors in Greenland, says Giaever. They are Upernavik, Iluissat/Jakobshavn, Nuuk/Godthab and Tasiilaq/Ammassalik.
Look at Giaever’s chart. On the left you see the five coldest years. On the right, the five warmest years.
Now look at the dates. “The warmest years are basically in the 1930s,” says Giaever. “Those are the facts. Those are the temperatures the people in the harbors in Greenland has measured over the years. And it doesn’t look like it’s getting any warmer.”
H/t reader M.G.:
“Here is a scary news item…..the US built a city under the ice in Greenland in the 1960s, and it is nuclear powered.
Funny, I was a young woman in the 1960s, I never heard about this city……….”
Jul 28, 2013
Camp Century was an Army research station located under the ice in Greenland. It was powered initially by diesel generators, but the long term plan was nuclear power due to the challenge of delivering fuel across the ice.
On January 23, 1959, the US Army signed a contract with ALCO (American Locomotive Company) to design and build a reactor that could be prefabricated in the US, disassembled and delivered to Camp Century. The required timeline was short and there were contract penalties of up to $4,000 per day for missing the agreed delivery date.
– Greenland ice sheet gained record amounts of ice this season (Ice Age Now, Jan 2, 2015):
Also breaks record for one-day gain in ice mass.
The Greenland ice sheet has gained record amounts of ice this season (300 billion tons) , says the steven goddard website.
It also boasted a record one-day accumulation of 12 billion tons in mid-September.
If you think that leaving the EU would be catastrophic, take a look at Greenland. By rights its people ought to be poor. Their island is isolated, suffers from freezing weather, has a workforce of only 28,000 and relies on fish for 82 per cent of its exports. But it turns out that since leaving the EU, Greenland has been so freed of EU red tape and of the destruction of the Common Fisheries Policy, that the average income of the islanders today is higher than those living in Britain, Germany and France.
Greenland’s politicians realised that the fisheries policy was ruining their fishing industry. They had the guts to stand up against the all the prophets of doom and let their people vote in a referendum on leaving the European Community, as the EU was then called. On January 1, 1985, it became independent of Brussels – the only country ever to do so.
Greenland was, with Britain, one of only two EU countries to be heavily dependent on fishing. In fact, Britain had, in some estimates, 80 per cent of Europe’s fish stocks when it entered the EU, because our fishermen had carefully managed them, while the fisherman of Spain, France and Italy had destroyed most of the Mediterranean stocks.
The minds of world leaders are firmly shut to anything but the fantasies of the scaremongers.
Considering how the fear of global warming is inspiring the world’s politicians to put forward the most costly and economically damaging package of measures ever imposed on mankind, it is obviously important that we can trust the basis on which all this is being proposed. Last week two international conferences addressed this issue and the contrast between them could not have been starker.
A polar bear roams on the remote Svalbard archipelago ((AP Photo/Scanpix))
You know when climate change is biting hard when instead of a vast expanse of snow the North Pole is a vast expanse of water. This year, for the first time, Arctic scientists are preparing for that possibility.
“The set-up for this summer is disturbing,” says Mark Serreze, of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). A number of factors have this year led to most of the Arctic ice being thin and vulnerable as it enters its summer melting season.
In September 2007, Arctic sea ice reached a record low, opening up the fabled North-West passage that runs from Greenland to Alaska.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The thickest, oldest and toughest sea ice around the North Pole is melting, a bad sign for the future of the Arctic ice cap, NASA satellite data showed on Tuesday.
“Thickness is an indicator of long-term health of sea ice, and that’s not looking good at the moment,” Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center told reporters in a telephone briefing.
This adds to the litany of disturbing news about Arctic sea ice, which has been retreating over the last three decades, especially last year, when it ebbed to its lowest level.
TREND: Ocean currents, global warming and wind combine to leave the Arctic ice fragile. New data this winter on Arctic winds and currents indicate that next summer’s ice loss at the North Pole may be even greater than 2007’s record-setting shrinkage.
Southeast coast of Greenland
It is hard to shock journalists and at the same time leave them in awe of the power of nature. A group returning from a helicopter trip flying over, then landing on, the Greenland ice cap at the time of maximum ice melt last month were shaken.
One shrugged and said: “It is too late already.”
What they were all talking about was the moulins, not one moulin but hundreds, possibly thousands. “Moulin” is a word I had only just become familiar with. It is the name for a giant hole in a glacier through which millions of gallons of melt water cascade through to the rock below. The water has the effect of lubricating the glaciers so they move at three times the rate that they did previously.
Some of these moulins in Greenland are so big that they run on the scale of Niagra Falls. The scientists who accompanied these journalists on the trip were almost as alarmed. That is pretty significant because they are world experts on ice and Greenland in particular. We were visiting Ilulissat, Greenland, once a stronghold of Innuit hunters but now with so little ice that the dog sleds are in danger of falling through even in the depth of winter. But it is not the lack of sea ice that worries scientists and should be of serious concern to the inhabitants of coastal zones across the world. Cities like New York and states like Florida are in the front line.
Scientists know this already, but just to give you some idea of the problem, the Greenland ice cap is melting at such a fast rate it is triggering earthquakes as pieces of ice several cubic kilometres in size break up.