Greenland Is Turning White
By Ed Caryl
“No place on Earth is warming as fast as Greenland,” we keep hearing. Or: “Greenland is approaching a tipping point!”
Figure 1: Dundas Mountain and Northstar Bay at Thule AFB, Northern Greenland. Photo by Ed Caryl
The Arctic is known as a desert, with little rain or snow, winter or summer. When I was at Thule AFB in 1962 – 63, snow accumulation was a few inches each winter, and most of that was blown in from the ice cap. In more recent years, however, the snowfall at Thule has increased.
Figure 2 is a photo from 1996 (local noon on that date). Photo by Ed Caryl
Over the recent years we have been inundated by media reports that Greenland is losing ice at a rapid rate, raising sea-levels, etc, etc. But what is really happening? To find out, look at the following chart from Rutgers University:
Figure 3: Greenland snow cover from Rutgers University Global Snow Laboratory website. ww.climate4you.snowcover.htm
The plateau at the top of the chart depicts complete snow cover, 100%. Note how the trend is clearly steadily up.
Greenland is approaching a condition of year-around complete snow cover.
Is this getting reported in the media? I wonder what condition triggers an ice age?