Greenland’s Summer Melt Late Starting

By Paul Homewood I mentioned back in March that the winter in Greenland had been dominated by high pressure systems, bringing cold, dry weather. As a result, the lack of snow meant the ice cap had added less mass than usual. As weather would have it, the situation has reversed this month, […]

Greenland’s Summer Melt Late Starting — Iowa Climate Science Education

By Paul Homewood

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mentioned back in March that the winter in Greenland had been dominated by  high pressure systems, bringing cold, dry weather. As a result, the lack of snow meant the ice cap had added less mass than usual.

As weather would have it, the situation has reversed this month, with low pressure bringing lots of snow. Consequently Greenland has seen record amounts of mass gain on some days, and even now the ice mass continues to grow well after the time when it should have begun its summer melt:

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http://polarportal.dk/en/greenland/surface-conditions

Looking at the weather forecast for the week ahead, it does not look like there will be much change. So I suspect the ice mass will continue to grow until the end of this month, and probably return to the 1981-2010 average .

Summer melt usually ends in mid August, so this year’s may end up being one of the shortest on record.

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June 19, 2020 at 04:06AM

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