"Soaring Temperatures Speed Up Spring Thaw on Greenland’s Ice Sheet"

"The Arctic spring thaw has begun with a bang, with extensive melting of the Greenland ice sheet and sea ice loss that is already several weeks ahead of normal, scientists said.

A stagnant zone of high-pressure air over Greenland last week brought warm air from the south, raising temperatures as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. That, coupled with cloudless conditions, led to a pulse of melting across much of the ice sheet surface.

Melting last Wednesday was the most extensive, at 275,000 square miles, or about 45 percent of the surface, said Marco Tedesco, a geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, which is part of Columbia University."

Henry Fountain reports for the New York Times June 17, 2019.


"Scientists Amazed As Canadian Permafrost Thaws 70 Years Early" (Reuters)

Source: NY Times, 06/19/2019