Large area of open water north of Greenland IN THE WINTER DARK
feel so disheartened and sick at heart I am unable to post anything.
only do we have to deal with the reality of rapid changes on the
planet that no one seems to care a share about and everyone lies
about but we have an evil,dystopian world of lies, crisis actors
and.... I can't find the words.
frankly I feel suicidal.
Large Area of Open Water Forms in the Melting Sea Ice North of
Greenland During February
winds blowing at up to gale force intensity from the south have
assaulted the ice with high waves and above-freezing temperatures for
about four days now. The ice edge north of Svalbard is being rapidly
beaten back. Perhaps more disturbing, is the fact that the ice pack
to the north of Greenland has also now withdrawn — opening up a
hole in the sea ice expands north of Greenland on February 26th.
Image source: NASA.)
Looking at the N.
Greenland area, we find a fractured, thinning mess along a region of
sea ice that should be meters thick and growing thicker at this time
in February. Such a state would be remarkable during summer time, but
is much more-so in what should be the dark chill of winter polar
to the massive expanse of water opening up in the ice, Cape Morris
Jesup, the furthest north point in Greenland, has
now experienced 61 melting hours during winter in 2018.
This is comparable to 2011, which set the previous record for winter
and early spring melt at 16 hours for the Morris Jesup location. This
weekend, the typically frigid point on Greenland’s north coast
43 degree Fahrenheit high in
the 24-hour-long darkness (no sunlight or insolation) and at a time
when usual daily peak readings hit a frosty -20 F.
underside of sea ice melts at around -2 F, due to the salt content in
the water. But surface portions of the ice still need above freezing
temps to result in melt and ponding. Since this region of the Arctic
tends to remain near or well below freezing year-round, the present
temperatures are enabling unprecedented
winter damage to the ice and
the environments it supports.
There is open water north of #Greenland where the thickest sea ice of the #Arctic used to be. It is not refreezing quickly because air temperatures are above zero confirmed by @dmidk's weather station #KapMorrisJesup. Wacky weather continues with scary strength and persistence.
record daily and seasonal lows are occurring following a
major loss of ice in the Bering Sea and
in concert with the rapid sea ice setbacks we are presently seeing on
the Atlantic side.
It is possible, given the
present trend, that the Arctic will experience back-to-back years of
record low seasonal ice during winter. 2016-2017 saw a crash in
winter sea ice and we are presently even below the record low extents
seen at that time
Basin sea ice is at record lows and trending lower. Image source: The
Arctic Sea Ice Blog.
Graph by Wipneus.)