Meanwhile, Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is freezing…unexpectedly.
During my family vacation this year, we stopped in Iceland for a few days. The country was spectacular, and one of the memories I will cherish is our hike to the Solheimajokull Glacier.
While hiking, I noted the glacial lake and the signs warning visitors to be worried about calving, especially during summer months. Overall, it was a worry-free day of quality family time.
Interestingly, climate expert Antony Watts recently discussed an expanding Icelandic glacier, and its growth is dependent on precipitation.
In Iceland, glaciers are dependent on precipitation. And changes in the North Atlantic Oscillation could easily explain the change in precipitation. In a recent story from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, scientists were “shocked” to find the previously shrinking Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland growing again.
“At first we didn’t believe it. We had pretty much assumed that Jakobshavn would just keep going on as it had over the last 20 years,” said Ala Khazendar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Meanwhile, in Greenland, a similar scene triggered some “climate change” hysteria.
This is a roaring glacial melt, under the bridge to Kangerlussiauq, Greenland where it’s 22C today and Danish officials say 12 billions tons of ice melted in 24 hours, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/Rl2odG4xWj
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) August 1, 2019
Of course, America’s Green Justice Princess had to chime in:
This is what sea level rise looks like.
Those who argue that a #GreenNewDeal is too ambitious don’t see that glacial melt isn’t waiting – in fact, it’s happening at a much faster rate than predicted.
We don’t have time to argue. We need to act – on a massive scale. ? https://t.co/VbpT1sCudq
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 2, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez was not the only one ginning up “climate crisis” fear over melting ice.
A massive heat wave has caused the Greenland ice sheet to melt at rates not projected until 2070.
We are in a climate emergency. Vote accordingly. https://t.co/GqrPhh1HlY
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 3, 2019
Fortunately, some people brought some much-needed perspective into the discussion.
It’s frightening what’s going on! Just look what’s happening to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina…
— Patrick (@ArgentineTea) August 2, 2019
Furthermore, for those claiming that the Arctic Circle has never been this warm, historical data indicates that extremely high temperatures previously came in 1927.
The Arctic was on fire in 1927 with 90+ temperatures. Pine forests need fire to regenerate. It is easy to become alarmed about ordinary phenomena which you are unfamiliar with. pic.twitter.com/qWTvIKtyow
— Steve Goddard (@SteveSGoddard) August 2, 2019
Finally, in Antartica (which is now experiencing its winter), a deep bore probe of the Ross Ice Shelf finds freezing ice, not melting as expected.
The surprises began almost as soon as a camera was lowered into the first borehole, around December 1. The undersides of ice shelves are usually smooth due to gradual melting. But as the camera passed through the bottom of the hole, it showed the underside of the ice adorned with a glittering layer of flat ice crystals—like a jumble of snowflakes—evidence that in this particular place, sea water is actually freezing onto the base of the ice instead of melting it.
“It blew our minds,” says Christina Hulbe, a glaciologist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, who co-led the expedition.
I must note that there are real hazards associated with melting glaciers ….just not the ones “experts” care to discuss.
The bodies of three boaters from Europe who died in an Alaska lake were surrounded by frozen debris, a sign that the victims were killed by ice that fell from the melting glacier that feeds the lake, officials in the city of Valdez said on Thursday.
…The victims were identified as Manfred Brida, 62, of Austria, and Maria Elisabeth Schroer, 68, and Albrecht Paul Thomas Schroder-Shroer, of Germany.
The three had been boating in an inflatable canoe-type craft, which was recovered from the scene, along with the victims’ other belongings. The bodies were discovered Tuesday morning by kayakers.
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