Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scientists Can't Figure This Out?

Check it out:

Greenland on July 8, 2012 - on the left.  Greenland on July 12, 2012 - on the right.  No, the white color is
NOT ice that totally disappeared in 4 days, so the images are misleading in that respect.  However, on the
right pay attention to the dark pink areas when you read the information below.

These undated handout images provided by NASA shows the extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8, left, and July 12, right. Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. In just a few days, the melting had dramatically accelerated and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. In the image, the areas classified as “probable melt” (light pink) correspond to those sites where at least one satellite detected surface melting. The areas classified as “melt” (dark pink) correspond to sites where two or three satellites detected surface melting. Nearly every part of the massive Greenland ice sheet suddenly and strangely melted a bit this month in a freak event that concerned scientists had never witnessed before. NASA says three different satellites saw what it calls unprecedented melting from July 8 to July 12. Most of the thick ice remains, but what was unusual was the widespread area where some melting occurred. (AP Photo/Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory.

So, what was happening with global weather during the week that encompassed July 8 - 12?  Gee, let me think -- IT WAS RECORD BREAKING HOT.  It wasn't just hot in my part of the US (midwest), it was hot EVERYWHERE in the US.  Now what happens to all that hot air (har!) -- it drifts to the east/northeast doesn't it?  And where is Greenland located?  Gee - to the east/northeast of the US.  Did any of these scientists check what the ground temperatures were in Greenland during this time of "sudden and strange melt?"  Well, that's my totally unexpert guess.  Duh!

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