End Of The Greenland Melt Season

The Greenland melt season is over, with the surface mass balance above average for the fourth times in the last six years.

The lower elevations of the ice sheet gained a lot of mass – which is where “climate scientists” claim the ice is melting.

Surface Conditions: Polar Portal

It is all fake news all the time from the press.

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13 Responses to End Of The Greenland Melt Season

  1. Eli the Pit Bulldog says:

    The Danish Meteorological Institute just can’t let the unusual melt season of 2011-2012 go can they. I’ve done some research and it was unusual not so much because it was so warm, it’s because it was unusually dry (as happens everywhere from time to time)
    There wasn’t as much mass being added because of the lack of precipitation

  2. Conrad Ziefle says:

    I assume that the surface mass balance means ice, or snow, or both-which would be less definable. I want to calculate how deep W. Virginia would be buried under ice from this year’s accumulation.

    • Conrad Ziefle says:

      Roughly 26 feet if it’s ice; more if it’s snow. This assumes it’s ice which has the density of 56.7 pounds per cubic foot, and that the accumulation was 500 Gigatons, which equals 500x2000x10^9=10×10^14. So, total cubic feet of ice is 1.76×10^13. West Virginia is 24,230 square miles, so 24.2×10^3x 5.280×5.280×10^6=6.74×10^11, and that is (1.76/6.74)x10^2=26 feet. More importantly, this translates to 9 inches of ice increase over the entire surface of Greenland per year, since this 500Gt is about average per year. I guess this indicates neither a coming Ice Age, nor a Jurassic.
      Someone check my math.

    • Steven Fraser says:

      The numbers are not too difficult to crunch, but I think its simpler just to do it in water weight, which is what is being reported by polarportal/DMI. Lets start with some fundamental definitions: The area of the state is 62,755 km^2 (rounded). Since 1km = 1000m * 1000m (1 million square metres) , the area of the state in metres is 62,755,000,000. Conveniently, this is 62.755 Gm^2. Since 1 m^3 is one tonne of water, To cover the entire state with 1 m of water would take 62.755 G tonnes of water.

      With this in mind, lets adjust the calculation to include the Greenland surface mass gain, with looks to be about 450 Gt. If we divide 62.755 Gt/m into 450 Gt, we will get the depth of water covering the entire state which will have the same surface mass as Greenland will gain this year… 450/62.755 = 7.171 m, or about 23.5 ft.

      In this form, can be converted into snow depth, ice depth, or whatever blend you wish.

      The numbers originally posted look consistent with this, with the adjustment of the total volume assumptions and the expansion of water by ~10% as it freezes to ice.

  3. Brian D says:

    The weather in the Arctic basin looks to be mellowing out again in the coming days with a strong ridge building over the eastern parts, and a weak trough over the western areas. Greenland will be a little more active to end the month.

    • Brian D says:

      Forgot to mention, but that means brisk N to E winds along the various shorelines within the basin. The ice will shift accordingly. The pattern looks to last just for next week tho.

  4. Steven Fraser says:

    Update: A significant storm dumped 7Gt new accumulation on Aug 29, and the storm will persist over Greenland for the next few days, finishing the season. Please note, the graphs all reset as August ends.

  5. Paul Guion says:

    Can anyone provide the link to the DMI web site where I can print these charts for myself? I was not able to find it with a general Google search and searching on the DMI website.

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