After Another Record Snowfall, Greenland Approaches A Record For Mass Gain

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Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Budget: DMI

Greenland just gained 12 billion tons of snow in one day, and is approaching  a record amount of mass gain.

This is the part where alarmists say “glaciers are calving faster than new ice is forming.” They don’t understand that glacial flow is a delayed response to the accumulation of excess snow. They also don’t understand that small changes in gravity measurements are useless for measuring changes of ice mass in a dynamic geological environment.

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19 Responses to After Another Record Snowfall, Greenland Approaches A Record For Mass Gain

  1. Matt says:

    Looks bad to start farming over there soon. But real estate prices might stay very low.

    Impressive data – impressive as well that AGW “scientists” can have their views preserved
    against what they have in front of their very eyes as data, but alos right in front of their houses.
    Still true that cold / snow / ice is always weather, whereas heat, storm, hurricane is always

    Keep up the great work!
    Best from Chile, Matt

  2. gator69 says:

    Looks like somebody’s model needs some ‘tweaking’.

  3. Psalmon says:

    More snow means more flow. Like more rain causes more fuel for brush fires, get ready for the obvious reported “increases in Greenland glacier calving” stories.

  4. Password Protected says:

    They don’t understand _______________, just leave it at that.
    Fill in almost anything for the blank.

  5. emsnews says:

    Boston looks like Greenland these days!

    If it gets any warmer, the polar bears will move to Bean Town.

    • Gail Combs says:

      I did see a bear trucking down the commuter rail right of way heading for Boston just before we moved out of the area. Does that count?

  6. PhilW says:

    “glacial flow is a delayed response to the accumulation of excess snow.”
    I hope the more knowledgeable among you can enlighten me because I might be totally wrong in the following statements – I’m a complete amateur in these matters!
    Increased calving has little to do with “climate change”. The shape and glacier base temp of Greenland means that glacial movement is due mainly to internal deformation rather than glaciers “flowing downhill” via basal slip; anyway, how does “global warming increase the basal temp of a glacier?.
    At low temps glacier ice can take up to 100 years from falling as snow to go from snow to firn to glacier ice.
    Therefore, increased calving now is more likely due to snowfall/conditions up to 100 years ago than todays “global warming”.
    Even if there were “global warming”(!!) then surely it would just cause increased melting of the glacier surface rather than increased calving?
    Thanks for blog – brilliant and educational.

  7. Dave N says:

    I doubt it’s a case of not understanding; more one of leaving out parts that don’t sound alarming. When they report about losses only (and not gains), it’s a whole lot scarier.

    • They are like bad gamblers who remember only their wins, and can’t figure out why they went bankrupt.

      • Gail Combs says:

        More like investment advisors hyping stock in their brother-in-law’s company after he has decided to ditch the lost cause.

        Or Al Gore hyping Molten Metal Technology on Earth Day so Maurice Strong and the rest of his buddies could make a killing just before the company went belly up.

  8. Marsh says:

    It is a telling point when Warmist’s target Greenland for melting Glaciers ? Scotland is starting to form new Glaciers after a 400 year absence… of course, they conveniently avoid such news…

  9. swood1000 says:

    This is the part where alarmists say “glaciers are calving faster than new ice is forming.”

    The way around that is to not imply anything contrary to that, if it is true.

  10. Gary H says:

    Flew over it last week. From 37,000 ft, all I could see was white.

    • jbird says:

      I flew over the southern portion of Greenland back in April on a very clear, sunny day. From 36,000 feet it was a vast expanse of white as far as the eye could seen in all directions. With closer inspection, I could see ground blizzards and faint undulations marking depressions and mounds of snow and ice. It made me wonder how anyone could ever get an accurate measure of ice thickness. Anyway, ice extent on the Greenland ice sheet, as well as in Baffin Bay, on Baffin Island and in Hudson Bay looked pretty healthy on April 15th. There was extensive snow cover all the way down past Lake Winnipeg.

  11. Nuka L says:

    I am an Inuit, born 1957 Greenland. This years (2015) spring: Snow snow snow. Like when I was a kid 🙂

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