German climate science skeptic site wobleibtdieerderwaermung (wherestheglobalwarming) recently posted on the Arctic and Greenland, mentioning that the Arctic winter has already started there as temperatures above 80° north latitude dip below zero.
Chart above shows that a major swath of the Arctic, North Atlantic and North America has seen cold temperatures this year.
But there are some fascinating developments in the Arctic region this year: A huge area of North America and the North Atlantic, including Greenland, has been colder than normal so far this year. Remember, this area is supposed to be the canary in the coal mine. The German site writes:
The continuing cold weather in Greenland from September 1, 2014, to August 2015 has led to strongly growing sea ice, as the accumulated mass balance of the Danish Meteorological Weather Service impressively shows:”
The blue areas show ice growth, while the red areas show loss and are miniscule by comparison. The DMI: “Map of the accumulated surface mass balance (in mm water equivalent) from September 1st to now”. Source: http://www.dmi.dk/mass-budget/.
wobleibtdieglobaleerwaermung writes that “the massive growth of ice on its mainland is removing global sea water.” Just how much? The site continues:
In the 2014/2015 season the daily course and accumulated ice mas development on Greenland measured in gigatons since September 1, 2014 is showing a mass growth (lower chart) of around 200 gigatons, or 200 cubic kilometers.”
The total daily contribution to the surface mass balance from the entire ice sheet (blue line, Gt/day). Bottom: accumulated surface mass balance from September 1st to now (blue line, Gt) and the season 2011-12 (red) which had very high summer melt in Greenland. For comparison, the mean curve from the period 1990-2013 is shown (dark grey). The same calendar day in each of the 24 years (in the period 1990-2013) will have its own value. These differences from year to year are illustrated by the light grey band. For each calendar day, however, the lowest and highest values of the 24 years have been left out. Source: http://www.dmi.dk/ice-sheet-surface-mass-budget/.