Greenland’s ice cap sees RAIN instead of SNOW for the first time ever recorded!
For the first time ever recorded, the snow that usually falls on the peak of Greenland’s ice cap was replaced by rain. As Unilad notes, this could be a sign of the world’s climate crisis.
Details ⬇️ https://t.co/T75StmHEzy
— IPCC (@IPCC_CH) August 16, 2021
The unusual rainfall on the 3,216m(10,551ft)peak occurred on August 14, and it was so unexpected that experts at the US National Science Foundation’s summit station could not measure it. However, they noted that the rain took place during a hot spell in Greenland, with temperatures reaching 18 degrees higher than the average. The unusually high temperatures also resulted in melting across the island.
According to The Guardian, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that the climate crisis was “unequivocally” caused by human activities.
Earlier this year, a study warned that Greenland’s ice sheet was on the brink of a major tipping point.
The research reveals significant early warning signs, indicating that Greenland is close to a critical transition.
Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are responsible for approximately 1.1°C of warming since 1850-1900.
— IPCC (@IPCC_CH) August 13, 2021
Speaking to CNN, Ted Scambos, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado, commented:
“What is going on is not simply a warm decade or two in a wandering climate pattern. This is unprecedented. We are crossing thresholds not seen in millennia, and frankly, this is not going to change until we adjust what we’re doing to the air.”
For the first time on record, precipitation fell as rain — not snow — at the summit of Greenland, roughly two miles above sea level https://t.co/okvSLk4DAm
— CNN (@CNN) August 19, 2021
The world’s largest island, located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, had a similar large-scale melting episode last month.
Both July’s and Augusts’ meetings in Greenland were reportedly caused by warm air that had been pushed up over the island and held there. Scientists reveal that these “blocking” events are not uncommon. However, they appear to be becoming far more extreme than usual.