Sudden Massive Melt in Greenland Described by NASA as “Strange”
NASA has officially rated this event as “strange”
Maybe it’s just me but I find it unnerving when some of the smartest people on earth’s only description of an event is…”strange”
story found at usnews.com
NASA: Strange and sudden massive melt in Greenland
By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly all of Greenland’s massive ice sheet suddenly started melting a bit this month, a freak event that surprised scientists.
Even Greenland’s coldest and highest place, Summit station, showed melting. Ice core records show that last happened in 1889 and occurs about once every 150 years.
Three satellites show what NASA calls unprecedented melting of the ice sheet that blankets the island, starting on July 8 and lasting four days. Most of the thick ice remains. While some ice usually melts during the summer, what was unusual was that the melting happened in a flash and over a widespread area.
“You literally had this wave of warm air wash over the Greenland ice sheet and melt it,” NASA ice scientist Tom Wagner said Tuesday.