Greenland Experiences Sudden Onset of Melt Season

It appears that Greenland’s melt season is making up for lost time.
After a cool spring that massive ice sheet mostly solid, a warm late June and early July have turned half the ice sheet’s surface into liquid, well outside the range of normal for this time of year.
Despite the ice sheet’s remote location, its slushy fingers reach across the globe, influencing sea levels and how fast the Gulf Stream current moves.
As temperatures rise, its influence could grow larger as major summer melt events become regular occurrence.
Persistent high pressure has been camping over Greenland since mid-June, but the persistence of this weather pattern resulting from the European heat wave is also a contributing factor.



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